Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Passer-by! - Stop, child of God,
And read with
gentle breast. Beneath this sod
A poet lies, or
that which once seem'd he. -
O, lift one
thought in prayer for S.T.C.;
That he who many a
year with toil of breath
Found death in
life, may here find life in death!
Mercy for praise -
to be forgiven for fame
He ask'd for
praise - to be forgiven for fame
He ask'd, and
hoped, through Christ.
Do thou the same!'
S.T. Coleridge is buried in the aisle of St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London,
map...ref no. 23) He was originally buried at Old Highgate Chapel but was re-interred in St. Michael's Church in 1961.
Grave of Coleridge
Coleridge was educated at Christ's Hospital, London and at Jesus
College Cambridge. In 1794 he met Robert Southey
in Oxford and the pair became close friends - planning a Pantisocracy
society together. They also courted and married the sisters Sara and
In 1796 Coleridge moved to Nether Stowey in Somerset.
While here he met William Wordsworth
who was living at Alfoxden House. This was the beginning of a fourteen
year relationship which proved to be one of the most creative partnerships in
English poetry. It was Wordsworth who suggested that Coleridge write The Rime
of the Ancient Mariner. It was also at this time that Coleridge completed his opium
inspired masterpiece Kubla Khan. In 1798 the
published their ground breaking joint collection of work: Lyrical Ballads
which was a forerunner of romanticism.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
In 1800 Coleridge moved to the Lake District to be
close to Wordsworth. By this stage his marriage to Sara Fricker was deteriorating
and he fell in love with Wordsworth's sister-in-law Sara Hutchinson.
By 1811 Coleridge had become increasingly reliant on
opium. This, combined with pressure of work, led to arguments with Wordsworth and
the irretrievable breakdown of their friendship.
In 1816 Coleridge sought treatment for his opium addiction with
Highgate surgeon James Gillman. He moved into Gillman's house and remained
there until his death on 25 July 1834. This was a happier period in Coleridge's life
and he became known as the 'sage of Highgate'.
An autopsy, carried out on Coleridge's body at his own request, revealed that he had been suffering from an enlarged heart.
He wrote his own epitaph in the last year of his life.
romanticism and 'Poets on
|It is an ancient Mariner
|And he stoppeth one of
|'By thy long grey beard and
|Now wherefore stopp'st thou
From The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
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