Poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was a Romantic poet and writer in the Gothic literary tradition. He was a friend of William Wordsworth Coleridge also wrote about philosophy, literature, theology, and science.

You may read more about Coleridge at the Samuel Taylor Coleridge Biography page.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
by Peter Vandyke

oil on canvas, 1795 (NPG 192)
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Creative Commons License

Coleridge Index

These poems by Coleridge are available on the EIL site:

“Kubla Khan”

“Dejection: An Ode”

“Frost at Midnight”

“This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison”


Quotes from the works of Coleridge

“Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar, in point of style.”

“Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from, — as pickpockets are observed commonly to walk with their hands in their breeches’ pockets.”

—From Specimens of the table talk of the late Samuel Taylor Coleridge, (1835)

“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions — the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling.”
—From “The Friend. The Improvisatore” (1828).

“Truths . . . are too often considered as so true, that they lose all the power of truth, and lie bed-ridden in the dormitory of the soul, side by side with the most despised and exploded errors.”
—From Aids to Reflection (1873), Aphorism 1.

“He, who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own Sect or Church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.”
—From Aids to Reflection, “Moral and Religious Aphorisms,” Aphorism 25 (1873).

“The Good consists in the congruity of a thing with the laws of the reason and the nature of the will, and in its fitness to determine the latter to actualize the former: and it is always discursive. The Beautiful arises from the perceived harmony of an object, whether sight or sound, with the inborn and constitutive rules of the judgment and imagination: and it is always intuitive.” —From On the Principles of Genial Criticism (1814).

“Experience informs us that the first defence of weak minds is to recriminate.” —From Biographia Literaria (1817)

The brief biography on this page was adapted from A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, by John Cousin.

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