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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a poet and writer. His first publication was Poems on various Subjects which was published in April 1796. Coleridge was twenty-three at the time. He received a good classical education with emphasis on the Greeks, the Romans, Milton, and Shakespeare. Coleridge was an orphan and had Dr. Middleton as his patron and protector. He attended Cambridge University and was attracted to contemporary writers who helped form his tastes and opinions. Coleridge earned his living by writing and lecturing. He wrote some essays of national interest that were published in newspapers, but his writings mostly emphasized criticism of others. Coleridge is concerned with the relationship between literature and philosophy and how this relationship affects the imagination of the poet. He first became acquainted with the works of Wordsworth when he was in residence at Cambridge, which he left in 1794.

Coleridge was born in Devon...

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