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From the time he was very young, Coleridge hoped he would be remembered as a poet; masterpieces such as "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Kubla Khan," and "Frost at Midnight" assured that his dream would come true. These verses, and the 32 others in this extraordinary collection, testify to the genius and power of his writing. From the time Coleridge produced his first v From the time he was very young, Coleridge hoped he would be remembered as a poet; masterpieces such as "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Kubla Khan," and "Frost at Midnight" assured that his dream would come true. These verses, and the 32 others in this extraordinary collection, testify to the genius and power of his writing. From the time Coleridge produced his first volume of poetry in 1796 till his death in 1834, he created works as diverse as "The Eolian Harp," which begins as a sweet love poem but by the end becomes something much more; "To a Critic," a sharp rebuke to those who cruelly tear apart and misinterpret the poet's work; and the unfinished narrative verse, "Christabel."


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From the time he was very young, Coleridge hoped he would be remembered as a poet; masterpieces such as "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Kubla Khan," and "Frost at Midnight" assured that his dream would come true. These verses, and the 32 others in this extraordinary collection, testify to the genius and power of his writing. From the time Coleridge produced his first v From the time he was very young, Coleridge hoped he would be remembered as a poet; masterpieces such as "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Kubla Khan," and "Frost at Midnight" assured that his dream would come true. These verses, and the 32 others in this extraordinary collection, testify to the genius and power of his writing. From the time Coleridge produced his first volume of poetry in 1796 till his death in 1834, he created works as diverse as "The Eolian Harp," which begins as a sweet love poem but by the end becomes something much more; "To a Critic," a sharp rebuke to those who cruelly tear apart and misinterpret the poet's work; and the unfinished narrative verse, "Christabel."

30 review for Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Selected Poems (The Poetry Library)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bryan--Pumpkin Connoisseur

    I have to confess that Romantic Poetry is not my bailiwick...poetry of any kind is mostly beyond me, even though I'd like to be more appreciative. But, Coleridge happens to have written two poems that I do appreciate, which was the reason for picking up this slim volume of his selected poetry: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan. And, as I had started reading The Road to Xanadu: A Study in the Ways of the Imagination by John Livingston Lowes (which traces the sources Coleridge used in I have to confess that Romantic Poetry is not my bailiwick...poetry of any kind is mostly beyond me, even though I'd like to be more appreciative. But, Coleridge happens to have written two poems that I do appreciate, which was the reason for picking up this slim volume of his selected poetry: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan. And, as I had started reading The Road to Xanadu: A Study in the Ways of the Imagination by John Livingston Lowes (which traces the sources Coleridge used in these two of his most famous poems), I thought this would be a good companion volume to read at the same time. This edition has a thirty page biographical introduction to Coleridge and his poetry by the critic and poet James Reeves, which I found extremely helpful, especially in conjunction with The Road to Xanadu, as well as the other poems themselves. Of these, there are about 50 complete poems and fragments, in roughly chronological order, the first sixteen of which might rightly be called juvenilia. These seemed to me to be on par with most emotionally fraught poetry--in other words, difficult to read. In a volume of selected poetry, it seems like a waste to include these, as Coleridge enthusiasts would likely want a complete edition, with all he wrote, and those of us who are likely only to appreciate his mature work could quite likely do with a much abbreviated selection of his younger efforts. But starting with This Lime-Tree Bower my Prison, we get to Coleridge's creative period, and even I could immediately tell the difference. Still, though, reading through the collection one time, there were only three poems that had any real effect on me--the two already mentioned, and Christabel. There were moments in others, and I will undoubtedly return to this again, if for no other reason than for Kubla Khan, Mariner, and Christabel, and at the same time re-sample some of the others. For that, this is a handy volume to have around, even with the earlier works I found unpalatable.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    "Christabel," "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and "Kubla Khan" are Coleridge's finest works. A few like "Lewti" and "To a Critic" are witty, and the former only at the end. But when Coleridge waxes overly sanctimonious or over praises nature he loses me altogether. I can see why he is a great and admired though. I would recommend this only because it has the three great poems. "Christabel," "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and "Kubla Khan" are Coleridge's finest works. A few like "Lewti" and "To a Critic" are witty, and the former only at the end. But when Coleridge waxes overly sanctimonious or over praises nature he loses me altogether. I can see why he is a great and admired though. I would recommend this only because it has the three great poems.

  3. 5 out of 5

    J. Alfred

    My one quarrel with Coleridge is that, somehow, his verse is much harder to memorize than, for instance, Wordsworth. Except for the very beginning of Kubla Kahn, (which is awesome) I can't think of nuffin. I have no idea why. He's great though: the storytelling, the mythic qualities, the Christian qualities busting through the Romantic craziness... he's pretty great. My one quarrel with Coleridge is that, somehow, his verse is much harder to memorize than, for instance, Wordsworth. Except for the very beginning of Kubla Kahn, (which is awesome) I can't think of nuffin. I have no idea why. He's great though: the storytelling, the mythic qualities, the Christian qualities busting through the Romantic craziness... he's pretty great.

  4. 5 out of 5

    An Idler

    One of my favorite Romantics. If only his powers of discipline had been stronger (Kubla Khan, Christabel), but the Rime redeems all.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd Downey

    A nice collection of Coleridge's poems .....including, of course, the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Kubla Khan. I struggled through Christabel but found it rather hard going. There is quite a reasonable biographic section about him.....he had domestic problems. And, as some chance acquaintance described him...he was "a young man of brilliant understanding, great eloquence, desperate fortune, and entirely led away by the feelings of the moment". I give the book three stars. A nice collection of Coleridge's poems .....including, of course, the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Kubla Khan. I struggled through Christabel but found it rather hard going. There is quite a reasonable biographic section about him.....he had domestic problems. And, as some chance acquaintance described him...he was "a young man of brilliant understanding, great eloquence, desperate fortune, and entirely led away by the feelings of the moment". I give the book three stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joel Mitchell

    I read quite a bit of poetry, but it is usually of the epic (or at least narrative) variety with plenty of battles and/or bickering gods. Normally, too much overly-flowery poetry makes me want to gag. For some reason last time I was at the library I decided to read some classic English poetry. Maybe I subconsciously wanted a balance to the blunt prose and academic jargon of the other two books I was reading…and maybe it was just because an episode of Blackadder that I had recently watched featur I read quite a bit of poetry, but it is usually of the epic (or at least narrative) variety with plenty of battles and/or bickering gods. Normally, too much overly-flowery poetry makes me want to gag. For some reason last time I was at the library I decided to read some classic English poetry. Maybe I subconsciously wanted a balance to the blunt prose and academic jargon of the other two books I was reading…and maybe it was just because an episode of Blackadder that I had recently watched featured several foppish, stoned poets. Whatever the reason, I ended up reading a collection of Coleridge’s best poems. Since he is one of the fathers of the romantic movement there was plenty of swooning and gushing over almost-divine nature, unrequited love, lost youth, etc. Some of the language was beautiful and some was gag-me-with-sentiment over the top, but I found the spiritual musings woven throughout the poems to be very interesting as they ranged from quasi-pantheism to dark, oppressive visions. I’ve had my fill of romantic-era poetry for a while, but it was a mostly enjoyable reading experience.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Toby

    Years ago I read, and enjoyed, some of Coleridge's journals. These poems reacquainted me with the well known ones (Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan) as well as introducing me to ones that I didn't know but enjoyed on a first reading - This Lime Tree Bower, Frost at Midnight and The Aeolian Harp. There is, however, only so much you can take in one go, and - unlike Wordsworth's - Coleridge's oeuvre is on the side of manageable. Years ago I read, and enjoyed, some of Coleridge's journals. These poems reacquainted me with the well known ones (Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan) as well as introducing me to ones that I didn't know but enjoyed on a first reading - This Lime Tree Bower, Frost at Midnight and The Aeolian Harp. There is, however, only so much you can take in one go, and - unlike Wordsworth's - Coleridge's oeuvre is on the side of manageable.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Enjoyed Coleridge's Poetry. For AS we focused on "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner". This was a great accompanying text and really helped with my studies. Another triumph from York Notes. However, a newer edition would have been nicer. Enjoyed Coleridge's Poetry. For AS we focused on "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner". This was a great accompanying text and really helped with my studies. Another triumph from York Notes. However, a newer edition would have been nicer.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dinda

    Let me be awake, my God! Or let me sleep away

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lizy

    I'd never read Coleridge before, but he's so amazing. New favorite poet. Update after re-reading one year later: still my favorite "fancy" poet. I'd never read Coleridge before, but he's so amazing. New favorite poet. Update after re-reading one year later: still my favorite "fancy" poet.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Great Poets : Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1996)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Seth

    Classic stuff from a canonical author. Poetry has changed a lot since Coleridge was alive, but it's still enjoyable to read his work. Suggested for pretty much anyone. Classic stuff from a canonical author. Poetry has changed a lot since Coleridge was alive, but it's still enjoyable to read his work. Suggested for pretty much anyone.

  13. 5 out of 5

    J.P. Berame

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    Brian

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    Maralyne Ullerich

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    Elizabeth Gunthel Hansen

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    Valerie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Lloyd-Billington

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