Epitaph

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772–1834
Stop, Christian passer-by!—Stop, child of God,
And read with gentle breast. Beneath this sod
A poet lies, or that which once seemed he.
O, lift one thought in prayer for S. T. C.;
That he who many a year with toil of breath
Found death in life, may here find life in death!
Mercy for praise—to be forgiven for fame
He asked, and hoped, through Christ. Do thou the same!


Source: The Longman Anthology of Poetry (Pearson, 2006)

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Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772–1834

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Religion, Living, Poetry & Poets, Arts & Sciences, Death, Christianity

 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 Religion, Living, Poetry & Poets, Arts & Sciences, Death, Christianity

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

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