Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet and a founder of the Romantic Movement in England. Along with his contemporary, William Wordsworth, Coleridge published a joint volume of poetry, Lyrical Ballads, which marks the commencement of English romantic age. Coleridge is best known for his long poems and his Conversational Poetry has been of particular importance among literary critics. He believed that a strong imagination in poetry is both empowering and encouraging because it could transform unpleasant circumstances into beautiful work of art. He believed that everyday language and speech rhythms would help broaden poetry’s audience whereas simplifying the themes could help poetry reach the common man. Nearly all of Coleridge’s poems express respect and delight towards nature whereas the use symbols like the sun, moon and dreams makes his poetry a pleasant read. Coleridge’s poetry also delves into the conflicting issues of philosophy and religious piety, but the imaginative and intellectual impulses always take over. Coleridge’s philosophy of poetry has been deeply influential in the field of literary criticism.
If the star’s wouldn’t gleam,
the gleam in your eyes,
would make way for me to travel.
If I was a raven,
and if you were a dove,
I would be evil,
just to feel the presence of your goodness.
To see the sparkle in your eyes,
would reveal my destiny.
To feel you breathe,
would give me life to breathe.
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