Fragment 4: As some vast Tropic tree, itself a wood

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772–1834

As some vast Tropic tree, itself a wood,
That crests its Head with clouds, beneath the flood
Feeds its deep roots, and with the bulging flank
Of its wide base controls the fronting bank,
(By the slant current's pressure scoop'd away
The fronting bank becomes a foam-piled bay)
High in the Fork the uncouth Idol knits
His channel'd Brows; low murmurs stir by fits
And dark below the horrid Faquir sits;
An Horror from its broad Head's branchy wreath
Broods o'er the rude Idolatry beneath—

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Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772–1834

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Horror, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Landscapes & Pastorals, Trees & Flowers, Mythology & Folklore

Poetic Terms Imagery, Couplet

 Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge is the premier poet-critic of modern English tradition, distinguished for the scope and influence of his thinking about literature as much as for his innovative verse. Active in the wake of the French Revolution as a dissenting pamphleteer and lay preacher, he inspired a brilliant generation of writers and attracted the patronage of progressive men of the rising middle class. As William Wordsworth’s . . .

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SUBJECT Horror, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Landscapes & Pastorals, Trees & Flowers, Mythology & Folklore

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Imagery, Couplet

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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