Samuel Taylor Coleridge – October 21, 1772


In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white Moon-shine.

From “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Illustration “The Albatross” by  Gustave Doré (1876 edition)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born on October 21, 1772. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” gave us this familiar quote:

Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

The beautifully illustrated edition may be read free online or downloaded from The University of Adelaide. Plain text is available from Project Gutenberg which also has two audio versions.


Nine fathom deep he had followed us


4 comments on “Samuel Taylor Coleridge – October 21, 1772

  1. bennythomas says:

    I have the book with Dore illustrations. Poem is extraordinary which inspired Wilde while he wrote the Ballad of the Reading Gaol. The form give it the vigor of movement. How are you Dagny?

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  2. bennythomas says:

    Thanks Dagny, I discovered thanks to you Willy. He is excellent. I prefer his b&w though. His watercolor remind me of Dulac. Same pastel-like colors. Thanks once again,

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