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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), Poet

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As a youth, the poet Coleridge was a radical inspired by the French Revolution. With Robert Southey he planned to emigrate to America to establish a 'pantisocratic' society of equals. In 1798, his collaboration with William Wordsworth culminated in Lyrical Ballads which, with Wordsworth's later 'Preface' (1800), became a manifesto for revolutionary poetics. Coleridge's most successful poems include the visionary Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798), Frost at Midnight (1798) and Kubla Khan (1816).