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Coleridge's Early Years

Nicholas Hugh Roe

in The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644179
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199644179.013.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Coleridge's Early Years

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This article examines the early years of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It suggests that contrary to some claims, Coleridge's childhood was not a scene of unrelenting deprivation because he had spent much time with his father Reverend John Coleridge, who was a respected citizen of Ottery St. Mary in Devon, England. The article explains that after his father's death in 1781, Coleridge was sent Christ's Hospital in London, where he remained throughout his childhood, studying and writing poetry.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; childhood; John Coleridge; Ottery St. Mary; Devon; England; Christ's Hospital; poetry

Article.  8241 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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