Samuel Taylor Coleridge – World Poets
Venue: Cafe Sladers, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL
Coleridge was a magician of the word, an irresistible poet of nature and imagination, a wildly inventive writer of letters, notebooks, essays, critical reviews and a unique poetical autobiography, a political, social and literary journalist, and a marathon talker and walker.
His friendship with Wordsworth revolutionised English poetry. He divided his time between the West Country, the Lakes, and London, and the landscapes of all of them, while
writing, thanks to those surroundings,, some of the most famous and lovely poems in English.
To meet the Ancient Mariner, old man and poem, at school is never to forget either. He is the Flying Dutchman, the storyteller in the railway carriage, the reminiscer whom we may at first mistrust but who rapidly metamorphoses into a gripping benediction before our reading eyes. We can be rooted to the spot by him at any age. With any luck.
Tickets £12.50 or £30 with dinner (served from 6pm)
Top picture: Engraving by Gustave Doré for an 1876 edition of Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Labelled “The Albatross,” it captures the moment in the poem when Coleridge writes of the albatross that
Glimmered the white Moon-shine.”
Middle picture: Samuel Taylor Coleridge. From The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and The Vision of Sir Launfal (by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and James Russell Lowell}, collected by H. G. Hall and Edward Everett Hale. Published by Sampson Low, 1906.
Bottom picture: Reproduced signature of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. From The Ancient Mariner printed in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) by D.C. Heath & Co., 1900