Coleridge: Selected Poems

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Towards the end of his life, Coleridge began to make new selections of his poetry by genre, and in this book Holmes follows his example, grouping the poetry not chronologically, as in most previous selections, but thematically and generically. The volume opens with 21 sonnets, nine Conversation Poems and six ballads; Love Poems, Confessional Poems, Hill Walking Poems, Visionary Fragments and finally Political Poems follow. Every poem is provided with a detailed critical and biographical note, which together, form a new survey of his work. In his general introduction, Holmes reviews Coleridges place in the Romantic movement, and in a short preface to each section, explains his originality and his imaginative genius in exploring traditional 18-century forms.

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Richard Holmes is the author of The Age of Wonder, which won the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was one of the ten New York Times' Best Books of the Year in 2009. His balloon book, Falling Upwards, was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by seven newspapers in 2013. His other biographies include Shelley: The Pursuit (winner of the 1974 Somerset Maugham Prize), Coleridge: Early Visions (winner of the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year Award), Coleridge: Darker Reflections (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of the Duff Cooper Prize), and Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage (winner of the 1993 James Tait Black Prize). This Long Pursuit completes the autobiographical trilogy begun in Footsteps (1985) and Sidetracks (2000). Holmes was awarded the OBE in 1992, and was elected an Honorary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, in 2010. He is the 2018 winner of the BIO Award presented by the Biographers International Organization for sustained achievement in biography. He lives in London and Norwich with the novelist Rose Tremain.

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