Essay on The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

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One of Samuel’s sayings was, “A great mind must be androgynous”(Bloom 2). This means that you don’t have to be a specific gender or race to be great. In other words, there is not a description that can be put for one to have a great mind. This saying fits with Samuel Taylor because he was nothing close to perfect, but was a great poet.William Wordsworth was a great influence to Coleridge , he also used his close friends and their experiences to help his writings, and then published his first volume of poetry which contained one of his most famous poems, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”.
Coleridge was born in Ottery St. Mary on October 21, 1772. His father was a vicar of a parish, and a teacher of a grammar school which Samuel attended. He had fourteen children from two marriages, Samuel being the youngest. On October 6, 1781 when Coleridge suffered the death of his father. After his father passed Coleridge was sent to Christ’s Hospital school in London from 1782-1790. There he met Charles Lamb, and also became friends with Tom Evans. Coleridge fell in love with his older sister Mary Evans. In 1791 he accepted a scholarship to Jesus College, Cambridge where they awarded him a prize for a Greek ode he had written. While being there Coleridge also went into debt. In 1974 he met Robert Southey whom he became good friends with instantly. After they started working together on written works and started discussing on plans to build an equal government by all, a pantisocracy.
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