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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Coleridge is a giant of English letters - co-founder of the romantic revival in the lte 18th century - friend, confidant and consultant to William Wordsworth, Charles Lamb, William Hazlitt, Thomas de Quincey and many others. His inspired early work includes the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which has become one of those most widely read poems in the English language.

Coleridge was born on 21st October 1772 in the School House, Ottery St Mary, the last of John and Anne Coleridge’s ten children. John Coleridge was vicar of the parish and master of the free grammar school - a relic of the former ecclesiastical College, dissolved in 1545. Recollections of his boyhood in Ottery St Mary often find their way into Coleridge’s poetry, and his life and work continues to occupy scholars in world-wide discussion and research.

Coleridge Poetry Stones (pictured above)- Land of Canaan, Ottery St Mary. On these granite stones, placed in 2012, is an engraving of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Kahn”, written in 1797. It is one of the great landmarks of English poetry, and continues to inspire writers and artists today as it has done since its publication in 1816.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge