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Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Basic Details. Born October 21, 1772 in Ottery St. Mary, England Died July 25, 1834 in Highgate , England Educated at Jesus College, Cambridge Never graduated Poet and literary critic Best known for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan.

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basic details
Basic Details
  • Born October 21, 1772 in Ottery St. Mary, England
  • Died July 25, 1834 in Highgate, England
  • Educated at Jesus College, Cambridge
    • Never graduated
  • Poet and literary critic
  • Best known for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan
personal life
Personal Life
  • Married Sarah Fricker in 1795
    • Marriage was very unhappy
    • They separated in 1808.
    • Three children: Sarah, Harley, and Derwent
  • Used laudanum throughout his life to treat effects of a childhood illness
  • Opium addict (definitely by 1808)
  • Friends with William Wordsworth
  • In 1798, they published Lyrical Ballads.
more personal life
More Personal Life
  • Severely depressed throughout his life
    • Probably bipolar
    • Connected to his drug use
  • After 1810, he distanced himself from his family and “usual” friends
  • Most of his later work was influenced by drug overdoses.
  • Died of heart disease probably caused or worsened by his opium use
influences
Influences
  • William Wordsworth
  • German philosophy
    • Immanuel Kant
  • German literature
  • Nature
  • Drug use
kubla khan
Kubla Khan
  • Tells the story of the Mongol leader, Kublai Khan who lived in Xanadu
  • Influenced by an opium dream
the rime of the ancient mariner
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • A narrative poem
  • Tells the story of a sailor returned from a long journey
  • Possibly inspired by James Cook or the Wandering Jew
  • Possibly inspired by A Voyage Round the World by Way of the Great South Sea
  • Inspired/created during a walking tour with the Wordsworth siblings
  • Archaic language in first edition but not in second
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