ERIC Number: ED343159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge: "Christabel" and "Frost at Midnight."
Aiex, Patrick K.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of the greatest of the Romantic-era poets, has much to say to the students of today. Throughout his life he struggled with physical and emotional illness, drug and sometimes alcohol abuse. Despite his problems, he managed to write meaningful works. Coleridge is best known for his epic poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"; however, two of his other works, "Christabel" and "Frost at Midnight," also merit attention. "Christabel," which was never finished to Coleridge's satisfaction, is the story of a father-daughter-mysterious woman triangle. "Frost at Midnight" is a short elegaic monologue to Coleridge's infant son. Both poems deal with certain aspects of the supernatural, and in both poems Coleridge proves his skill at mixing the mundane and the magical. One critic has said that Coleridge's best poetry is "occasional or fragmentary," but that it "succeeds in more modes than most poets have attempted," (I. A. Richards). (Fifteen notes are included.) (PA)
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Identifiers: Christabel; Coleridge (Samuel Taylor); Frost at Midnight