About the Nightingale by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

From a letter from Coleridge to Wordsworth after writing The Nightingale: In stale blank verse a subject stale I send per post my Nightingale; And like an honest bard, dear Wordsworth, You'll tell me what you think, my Bird's worth. My own opinion's briefly this-- His bill he opens not amiss; And when he has … Continue reading About the Nightingale by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

PART I It is an ancient Mariner And he stoppeth one of three. ‘By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stopp’st thou me? The Bridegroom’s doors are opened wide, And I am next of kin ; The guests are met, the feast is set : Mayst hear the merry din.’ He holds … Continue reading The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Kubla Khan

Or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment. In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. So twice five miles of fertile ground With walls and towers were girdled round; And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills, … Continue reading Kubla Khan