Samuel Coleridge Fact Sheet: Who was Samuel Coleridge? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Samuel Coleridge.
Samuel Coleridge Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1772 - 1834 *** Full Name: Samuel Taylor Coleridge *** Occupation: English Poet *** Date of Birth: Samuel Coleridge was born on October 21st 1772 *** Place of Birth: Samuel Coleridge was born in Ottery St Mary, Devonshire, England *** Family background: His father was the Reverend John Coleridge, a highly respected vicar in the parish and he was also the headmaster of Henry VIII’s Free Grammar School. Married twice his second wife was Anne Bowden and Samuel's mother. At the tender age of eight years Samuel's father died which meant he was sent away to school *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with his parents and brothers *** Education: Samuel Coleridge attended Christ’s Hospital, a charity school. He would continue his education at Jesus College, Cambridge but would have brief absence when he used a false name and joined the Royal Dragoons ***
Samuel Coleridge Fact 1: Samuel Coleridge was born on October 21st 1772 and during the 18th century period in history when the French Revolution took place, the Ottoman Empire went in a decline and Great Britain became a main power around the globe.
Samuel Coleridge Fact 3: Some of his early work included The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan and Christabel. He also wrote This Lime-Tree Bower my Prison, Frost at Midnight and The Nightingale.
Samuel Coleridge Fact 7: Coleridge rejoined Wordsworth and together they traveled to Germany where he invested much of his time in university towns and would come to develop an interest in German philosophy, in particular transcendental idealism and critical philosophy of Immanuel Kant and in Gotthold Lessing and his literary criticisms.
Samuel Coleridge Fact 8: Having learnt the German language and upon his return, he translated into English the melodramatic trilogy of Wallenstein by Freidrich Schiller, a German Classical poet.
Samuel Coleridge Fact 9: By 1800 Coleridge had returned to Keswick in the Lake District and settled with his family, as it so happened Wordsworth had also settled nearby.
Samuel Coleridge Fact 10: It would not be long however before cracks began to emerge in his life, his marriage was not a happy one, he was using opium more and more, suffering nightmares and illnesses, he began to lose confidence in his ability as a poet and his relations with Wordsworth was put under a huge strain.
Samuel Coleridge Fact 11: He decided travel to warmer climes might improve his health, so travelled to Sicily and Malta in a professional capacity, however his opium addition increased and began to take his life over.
Samuel Coleridge Fact 14: He completed several pieces of work while there, including the Biographia Literaria, an autobiographical work and dissertation on numerous subjects and still composing poetry, some as a result of opiate overdoses.
Samuel Coleridge Fact 15: Other publications included Sibylline Leaves, Hush, Aids to Reflection and On the Constitution of the Church and State.
Influence and Legacy: His influence and place in the romantic period is largely undisputed although his later career was spoiled by allegations of plagiarism both in his essays as well as his poetry. He also had a tendency to leave work unfinished.
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