Coleridge – World Poets

Coleridge

  • 90 minutes in two parts
  • Thursday 20 August 2020 is when the lecture will start being available on YouTube to everyone who books. To book, click the green or blue Buy Now button to your right. Bookable from July 23.

    Venue: Online – £10/$12 for this online talk

    The link giving you access to this lecture will be sent out after your booking has been received. You will have the choice of a YouTube video or a downloadable audio podcast.

Coleridge - World Poets series

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, London and Germany, and drank deeply of the life and landscapes of all of them, while writing, thanks to them, 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.

"Absolutely terrific".
AS, Lewes
after Coleridge Night in Lewes
"If you have never experienced Graham Fawcett, you have missed something. His childlike enthusiasm for the greats of the canon is the motor that drives through his two-part, two-hour monologues to a journey’s end of revelation. These are not literary events for those with contemporary attention spans. Fawcett does not give it to us in bite-size chunks. These are big talks, packed full of imagination and research, and ideally suited to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, for Coleridge, like the Ancient Mariner himself (as Fawcett reminded us) simply had to talk. Do go; these are very special occasions".
John Pownall, Bridport Review
after Coleridge Night in West Bay
“I was struck by your evocation of fathers reflecting on their children early in your Coleridge . . . I think I’ve been mainly a prose parent, but identifying with you, and fondly reflecting on my now adult children, I’m combining a little poetic sensibility! Your lectures seamlessly blend exposition with the poems. I’m off now to Kubla and the Mariner".
Charles Porter
San Luis Obispo - online version

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for this online talk The recording is available from 20 August 2020

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This is the sixth of six online lectures specially recorded by Graham during the lockdown for release online to bookers. They replace his scheduled live lecture series at Sutton House from April to September 2020. This online series will now continue in and beyond September. 

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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

“In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white Moon-shine.”

Second picture: Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Peter Vandyke    

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