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Samuel Taylor Coleridge: What If You Slept

What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in your hand
Ah, what then?


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834) was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He is best known as the author of the poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as the major prose work Biographia Literaria. His critical work, especially on Shakespeare, was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture. Coleridge coined many familiar words and phrases, including “suspension of disbelief.” He was a major influence on many nineteenth century poets and philosophers, including Emerson and the American transcendentalist writers and educators.

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One comment on “Samuel Taylor Coleridge: What If You Slept

  1. Charlie Brice
    May 6, 2017

    Love Coleridge. Thanks for posting.

    Liked by 1 person

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