“God save thee, ancient Mariner,
From the fiends that plague thee thus! –
Why look’st thou so?’ -“With my crossbow
I shot the Albatross.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge — one of the major figures of the Romantic Movement, a friend of William Wordsworth, and lifelong opium addict — was born on the 21st of October, 1772. His most acclaimed works include The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan. The prose work Biographia Literaria and study of Shakespeare are also critically acclaimed. He coined the phrase “willing suspension of disbelief”, which has found way to popular culture. Coleridge, like a lot of other gifted souls, was cursed with depression and ill health. Death seized him on 25th July 1834 and the dreamy spirit was not of this world anymore.
“Coleridge sat on the brow of Highgate Hill, in those years, looking down on London and its smoke-tumult, like a sage escaped from the inanity of life’s battle…”.
Happy Birthday Mr. Coleridge. We miss you.
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