Fragment 10: The Three Sorts of Friends

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772–1834
Though friendships differ endless in degree ,
The sorts , methinks, may be reduced to three.
Ac quaintance many, and Con quaintance few;
But for In quaintance I know only two—
The friend I've mourned with, and the maid I woo!

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Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772–1834

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Friends & Enemies, Relationships, Men & Women

Poetic Terms Epigram, Rhymed Stanza, 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 Friends & Enemies, Relationships, Men & Women

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Epigram, Rhymed Stanza, Couplet

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