HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, born 21 October 1772
“No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humour.”
No biographer has ever done such justice to the extraordinary life story of Samuel Taylor Coleridge as has Richard Holmes in his 2 volume biography. It is an amazing story, with opium addiction, the incredibly fruitful friendship with Wordsworth and then the collapse of that friendship, the unhappy marriage and love for ‘Asra’, and of course the writing of some of the finest poems the world has ever seen.
It is possible to visit Coleridge’s home in the Somerset village of Nether Stowey. In that tiny house he wrote the masterpieces Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Celebrate Coleridge’s birthday by listening to those two great poems read by Richard Burton – you really have not lived properly until you have had that experience!
Samuel Taylor Coleridge died on 25 July 1834, aged 61.
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