Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was the son of a country vicar in Devonshire. He was given the classical schooling at public school and ancient university. When he was 25 yers old, he was one of the most educated men of his days. At Cambridge he became a supporter of French Revolution and democratic ideas. But he was deceived by this revolution. So he became attached to Romanticism. He spent a long time in a beautiful Lake District of NW england. There he acquainted with Wordsworth and joined the group of poets Lakists. Together they wrote and published a collection of poems entitled Lyrical Ballads. The main Colleridges contribution was the long lyrical narrative The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. His period of poetic productivity was brief. His major works were written in no more than 6 years (Kubla Khan and Christabel) His later life became more productive in philosophy and some of the finest literary criticism in English.