Literary Analysis Of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Dan Paulos Mr. Kaplan English IV 10 November 2014 Literary Analysis of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an influential British philosopher, critic, and writer of the early eighteenth century. He was a prominent member of a literary group known as the “Lake Poets,” which included renowned writers like William Wordsworth and Robert Southey. His writings and philosophy greatly contributed to the formation and construction of modern thought. He possessed an extensive, creative imagination, and developed his own imagination theories in his writings. However, his personal life was absorbed with various family problems, and he experienced much solitary anguish. This resulted in depression for Coleridge, and he often based his stories and poems on themes of dejection, sadness, and melancholy. But he was neither a nihilist nor a pessimist by any stretch. He believed in the healing powers of love, and had hope for recovery. His writings were described as being versatile, and scholars have found a great variety of themes, styles, and techniques in his literature (McKusick par. 1-3). Coleridge was a firm believer that there is a connection between madness and moral evil. He felt that in the midst of some horror, people may tend to think that God has left them, and then they would blame their mental disease on demons. He expressed this message through the protagonist he created in his longest poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” The Mariner experiences this exact
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