By Samuel Taylor Coleridge ...


All look and likeness caught from earth
All accident of kin and birth,
Had pass'd away. There was no trace
Of aught on that illumined face,
Uprais'd beneath the rifted stone
But of one spirit all her own ;--
She, she herself, and only she,
Shone through her body visibly.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(21 October 1772 - 25 July 1834) was an
English poet, critic and philosopher who was, along with his friend William Wordsworth, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England and one of the Lake Poets. He is probably best known for his poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as his major prose work Biographia Literaria. His critical work, especially on Shakespeare, was and remains highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture. He actually coined many familiar words and phrases, including the celebrated suspension of disbelief. He was a major influence, via Emerson, on American transcendentalism. However, he was tormented for much of his life by crippling anxiety and depression, for which he attempted to self-medicate himself with opium, becoming addicted: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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John Ashleigh
A powerfully effective poem. It has inspired me.


A short but brilliant poem by a true master....

Rob Graber
Interesting and enlightening.