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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

On Donne's Poetry

              1With Donne, whose muse on dromedary trots,
              2Wreathe iron pokers into true-love knots;
              3Rhyme's sturdy cripple, fancy's maze and clue,
              4Wit's forge and fire-blast, meaning's press and screw.


1] An instance of Coleridge's habit of annotating books, this quatrain was first printed in his Literary Remains (1836) from a note on Alexander Chalmers' Works of the English Poets (21 volumes, 1810), V. Coleridge and Charles Lamb were largely responsible for reviving an interest in Donne in the nineteenth century.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: S. T. Coleridge, Literary Remains, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (London: W. Pickering, 1836-39). PR 4471 C6 ROBA.
First publication date: 1836
RPO poem editor: Kathleen Coburn, R. S. Woof
RP edition: 3RP 2.471.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/20

Composition date: 1818
Rhyme: aabb

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