Susan Eilenberg, 19 June 1997
Show More The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Rosemary Ashton.
Blackwell, 480 pp., £25, December 1996, 0 631 18746 4Show More
Coleridge: Selected Poems edited by Richard Holmes.
HarperCollins, 358 pp., £20, March 1996, 0 00 255579 4Show More
Coleridge’s Later Poetry by Morton Paley.
Oxford, 147 pp., £25, June 1996, 0 19 818372 0Show More
A Choice of Coleridge’s Verse edited by Ted Hughes.
Faber, 232 pp., £7.99, March 1996, 0 571 17604 6Show More
“... He knew not what to do – something, he felt, must be done – he rose, drew his writing-desk before him – sate down, took the pen – – found that he knew not what to do. Fond readers who dream of the poems Keats might have written had he lived past 25 and speculate about what works died with Shelley at 29, humane readers who deplore tuberculosis and drowning (together with rheumatic fever, arsenic and other wasters of Romantic genius), entertain a different and darker regret when they turn their attention to Coleridge, wishing, not that he had lived longer, but that he had died sooner ...”