Selected Poems (Penguin Poetry Library)

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9780140586053: Selected Poems (Penguin Poetry Library)

First published in March 1996, a selection of Coleridge's poems which have been grouped thematically and generically. Twenty-one sonnets are followed by nine conversation poems, six ballads, love poems, confessional poems, hill walking poems, visionary fragments and political poems. From the PENGUIN POETRY LIBRARY series.

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This selection of poetry includes alternative texts, for example both versions of the "Dejection" ode, and extracts from Coleridge's verse plays, translations and prefaces.

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Coleridge is a great and daring poet. His presence is felt echoing through the English language by anyone who has heard the magical names of 'Kubla Khan' or 'Christabel' or 'The Ancient Mariner'. But he is also an unknown poet, much of whose work has been neglected and whose range and skill has never been properly appreciated. 'The Poet', he once said, 'is the man made to solve the riddle of the Universe.'

Contrary to the legend, Coleridge continued to produce challenging poems for over forty years, and later in life began to make new selections of his work by genre. Now Richard Holmes, Coleridge's prize-winning biographer, follows his example grouping the poetry not chronologically as in most previous selections, but thematically and generically.

Holmes presents one hundred and one poems, each with a detailed critical and biographical note, which together form a new survey of Coleridge's work. In his general introduction, he reviews Coleridge's place in the Romantic Movement, and in a short preface to each section explains Coleridge's originality, his experimental use of language and his imaginative genius in exploring traditional eighteenth-century forms. Holmes's selection gives a fresh and enlarged sense of Coleridge's creative powers and provides a revised approach to the study of Coleridge's poetic development, both for the student and the general reader.

"A great Poet must be… a profound Metaphysician. He may not have it in logical coherence, in his Brain & Tongue; but he must have it by 'Tact': for all sounds & forms of human nature he must have the 'ear' of a wild Arab listening in the silent Desert, the 'eye' of a North American Indian tracing the footsteps of an Enemy upon the Leaves that strew the Forest: the 'touch' of a blind Man feeling the face of a darling Child."
COLERIDGE, 1802

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