Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Facts about Samuel Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge died at 61 years old
Birthplace: Devonshire, England
Best known as: The author of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner



Samuel Taylor Coleridge Biography

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was famous for dreamy and somewhat creepy poems like The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Christabel and Kubla Khan (the last of which he allegedly wrote subconsciously during a fever dream).

Samuel Taylor Coleridge and poet William Wordsworth were close pals and their collection of poetry titled Lyrical Ballads (1798) was an early pillar of what became known as the Romantic movement in poetry and art.

Coleridge is probably best known for a poem from that collection, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which describes a sailor who curses himself and his ship by killing an albatross.

Coleridge is also remembered for his turbulent personal life, especially his decades-long addiction to opium.

Extra credit

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner includes the famous lines, “Water, water, every where / Nor any drop to drink”… Opium addiction was not a novelty among writers of the era. Others who indulged included Thomas de Quincey and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.


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