Saturday, February 6, 2010

Book Review – Samuel Taylor Coleridge "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems" Dover Thrift Editions

This inexpensive edition includes 23 of Coleridges poems, including "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (with Coleridge's marginal glosses) and "Kubla Khan". Except for a one page note at the front of the book every word is Coleridge's poetry. The note talks about the criteria for selecting poems and mentions that they are arranged chronologically.

This collection is an interesting mix of types and styles of poetry. Some, such as "France: An Ode" and "Fears in Solitude" refer to the French Revolution. Others are long lyrical poems, such as "Christabel". Still others are short and pithy, such as "Cologne".

This is an excellent edition to get if you don't know whether you'll enjoy Coleridge's work. It's also something to consider for college students that need to get a printed copy of the major poems by Coleridge, as the marginalia I found in my copy when I bought it attests.

Personally I rather enjoyed reading some of these poems. "Cologne" was particularly amusing.

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