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To be honest, my reading experience was definitely affected by the fact that many of the narrators seemed to read the poetry in their grammar school voices. You could virtually hear the lungs being expanded to bursting point in order to make the requisite explosive 'Oh!'.
Coleridge is a poet very much of his time and now his 'simple expression' and the extasy provided by nature seems either contrived or tame. It is hard to imagine him as a controversial figure or writer. Personally, I find a great deal of solace in nature and I feel spiritually energinsed by isolation, so I do enjoy many of Coleridge's flights of the sublime.
However, I am not a devotee of the tone of many of his poems. His inverted snobbery and occasional pomposity smacks too much of the bitterness of having to rely on patronage rather than being born to completely independent means. He reminds me of a second home owner who claims to be 'local' and desperately wants to be accepted by the yokels despite depending on Waitrose home delivery and asking what 'craft' ale the local pub serves.
S. T. Coleridge was an influential poet of his time. He was one of the founders of the Romantic movement.
Being a chronic opium addict, suffering from depression and poor health, he created intense, vivid and emotional imagery. His poetry is gothic, nostalgic, razor-sharp and evocative. The narrators' performance was heartfelt.
Here's the list of poems on the audio:
1 Kubla Khan
2 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
4 Frost at Midnight
5 This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison
6 Christabel (abridged; no Conclusion)
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I first read this poem when I was 14 years old and it has remained my favorite ever since.i carry a pocket book copy in my bag wherever I go, are I have 6 individual books in my home library.