Although I do not think that Coleridge is as sophisticated as Keats, I do think that he definitely had the same skill The same rhymes that would make me stop and ponder with Keats were evident in the poems of Coleridge Where I think the true beauty lies in this case, however, is in this poet s ability to make narrative poetry come alive Anyone who has been reading my reviews for a while should probably know that I don t particularly like narrative poetry, but I can make an exception for Coleridge Rime is a legendary, wonderful poem, as is Kubla Khan and I can bet you that most people that have picked up this collection picked it up for those two poems alone Bet you a million dollars In conclusion, I can t say muchabout Coleridge I am not as astonished by him as I am with some other poets, but I did not struggle through his works He is enjoyable, and his poems have a lovely flow to them that I find soothing.
This volume is a compendium of Coleridge s poems I essentially focused my reading on one of them, the longest and, perhaps, the most famous, namely The Rime of the Ancient Mariner The story told is somewhat tortuous a ships gets lost in Antactica, the mariner shoots an albatross, he then has to carry the bird s corpse as a burden, a phantom ship appears and the crew dies Finally the mariner reaches the homeland and is rescued by a hermit.
But what really is fascinating about this poem are the images e.
g All in a hot and copper sky The bloody sun at noon, Right up above the mast did stand, No bigger than the moon , andeven, the sounds and rhythms of Cloredige stanzas, often based on repetitions The Ice was here, the Ice was there, The Ice was all around , or Alone, alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea It works like a rocking movement, quite akin to the movement of the waves.
In passing, I also stopped at Kubla Khan I believe one verse of all will stay with me That sunny dome those caves of ice
I feel like a hypocrite adding this, since its a collected edition and I m only really a fan of a few of his poems The thing is, the few I m a fan of are some of the best poems I ve ever read Rime , Aeolian Harp , Frost At Midnight.
He could barely contain the imagination he held so close in some of these masterpieces read him at his best and you won t be dissapointed.
He used to walk fervently up the street, conversation companion in tow, talking loudly and forcefully, switching sides every 20 yards or so He d doze off intermittently at social occasions, wake up and go on two hour rants about Kant and Hegel and such, to everyone s rapt attention Sheer power of intellect and a little opium laden imagination sure didn t hurt his place in literary history.
At his funeral, Wordsworth, weeping over his grave, said simply this the most Wonderful man I have ever met I m just bummed because there s no italics function here Still, I think you get the drift.
YES I HAVE read ALL OF THEM I EVEN CITED CRISTOBEL IN A PAPER ABOUT LESBIAN VAMPIRES IN SEVENTIES FRENCH CINEMA