1] Of uncertain date, first published in the 1828 edition of Coleridge's poems.
16] Loveliest friend: probably Sara Hutchinson.
30] a glory round its head: an optical phenomenon which fascinated Coleridge and is described in his poem The Three Graves and referred to in the notebooks and in the Aids to Reflection. On a copy of the latter he wrote the following note: "This refers to a curious phenomenon which occurs occasionally when the air is filled with fine particles of frozen Snow mist, and a person is walking with ye Sun behind his back. His shadow is projected, and he sees a figure moving before him with a glory round his head. I have myself seen it twice and it is described in the 1st or 2nd Vol. of Ye Manchester Phil[osophical] Transact[io]ns." Quoted by J. L. Lowes, The Road to Xanadu, 471.
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Original text: The Poetical Works of S. T. Coleridge: including the dramas of Wallenstein, Remorse, and Zapolya (London: W. Pickering, 1828). PR 4470 E28 VICT Rare Books.
First publication date: 1828
RPO poem editor: Kathleen Coburn, R. S. Woof
RP edition: 3RP 2.473.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/20
Form note: irregular (couplets and quatrains)
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