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Friday, May 08, 2015

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
portrait by Pieter Van Dyke
oil on canvas, 1795
(London National Portrait Gallery, Room 18)
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A great English poet, also a literary critic and philosopher. A major figure among the so-called Lake Poets, he is considered one of the founding fathers of the Romantic Age in English literature, together with his friend Wordsworth. The moment of birth of the new age is considered the year 1798, when the two published jointly the Lyrical Ballads. Coleridge's critical work, especially on Shakespeare, was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy (Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, etc) to English-speaking culture.
(source: Coleridge)

(Pieter Van Dyke)

(A Life in Books)

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