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Selected Poetry of Hartley Coleridge (1796-1849)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

All I ask is but to know
The depth and nature of the woe.
I hope not for a wind to blow
The cloud away.

I hear an inarticulate sound
Wherein no fixed sense is found
But sorrow, sorrow without bound
Of what or where.
        (Presentiment, 17-24)

  1. Donne
  2. He lived amidst th' untrodden ways
  3. On a Dissolution of a Ministry
  4. Peter Bell
  5. Presentiment
  6. Song (The Earliest Wish I ever Knew)
  7. Sonnet VII. Whither is Gone the Wisdom and the Power
  8. Sonnet XVI. November
  9. To a Cat


Notes on Life and Works

Born September 19, 1796, at Kingsdown, Bristol, Hartley Coleridge was the oldest son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He was the subject of one of his father's finest poems, "Frost at Midnight," and of Wordsworth's astute "To H. C. -- Six Years Old." After his parents separated, Hartley was brought up by Robert Southey at Keswick. At Oxford Hartley first felt keen disappointment at his failure to win the Newdigate Prize for best poem and in 1819 he lost an Oriel fellowship through eccentric, unseemly, and perhaps drunken behaviour and had little luck afterwards. He became a schoomaster at Ambleside, Cumbria, 1823-28, but the school failed. He published literary journalism in London as well as Biographia Borealis (1832), a biographical reference work, and Poems, songs and Sonnets (1833), which proved to be his most successful work. He retired to the life of a recluse at Grasmere and Rydal Water until his death on January 6, 1849. His grave lies in the southeast corner of Grasmere churchyard.

Biographical information

Given name: Hartley
Family name: Coleridge
Birth date: 19 September 1796
Death date: 6 January 1849
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet)
Education
          Ambleside school: 1808 to 1815
          Merton College, Oxford (B.A.): 1815 to 1820
Literary period: Romantic
Occupations
          Schoolmaster to 1830
          Man of Letters
Residences
          Bristol: 1796
          Clevedon, Somersetshire: 19 September 1796
          Keswick, Cumberland: 1800
          London: 1820 to 1822
          Ambleside: 1822 to 1832
          Leeds: 1832 to 1833
          Grasmere: 1833 to 1837
          Sedbergh School, Yorkshire: 1837 to 1838
          Nab Cottage, near Grasmere: 1838 to 1849
Cause of death: Bronchitis
Buried at: Grasmere churchyard
First RPO edition: 1999