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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Fragment 4: As some vast Tropic tree, itself a wood

              1As some vast Tropic tree, itself a wood,
              2That crests its Head with clouds, beneath the flood
              3Feeds its deep roots, and with the bulging flank
              4Of its wide base controls the fronting bank,
              5(By the slant current's pressure scoop'd away
              6The fronting bank becomes a foam-piled bay)
              7High in the Fork the uncouth Idol knits
              8His channel'd Brows; low murmurs stir by fits
              9And dark below the horrid Faquir sits;
            10An Horror from its broad Head's branchy wreath
            11Broods o'er the rude Idolatry beneath--


1] From Notebook 11.

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: The poetical works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. James Dykes Campbell (London: Macmillan, 1893). VICT Rare Books No. 151. The complete poetical works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: including poems and versions of poems now published for the first time, ed. Ernest Hartley Coleridge (Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1912). PR 4470 F12 VICT Rare Books.
Publication date note: 1893, 1912
RPO poem editor: Kathleen Coburn, R. S. Woof
RP edition: 3RP 2.475.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/20

Composition date: 1807
Form: Heroic Couplets

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