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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Samuel T. Coleridge Visits SecretBuilders

Today's guest on Joebar's Talk Show was Samuel Taylor Coleridge - an English poet, Romantic, literary critic and philosopher.

Mr. Coleridge was a member of the so called Lake Poets. He and his friend, William Wordsworth, were the founders of the Romantic Movement in England. "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", one of the most famous of his poems, was first published in a joint book of poems with William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. The intention was to illustrate Wordsworth's ideas of how poems should be written in the simple language of the people. "Lyrical Ballads" was published by Cottles, a Bristol bookseller, who later sold all his copyrights to Longmans and the copyrights to "Lyrical Ballads" was given back to Wordsworth as valueless...

After that, Samuel T. and his friend William Wordsworth travelled to Germany, where Coleridge studied philosophy at Gottingen University and learnt the German language.

In 1817, after returning to England, he republished his early poems and "Biographia Literaria," which is still revered as a useful source of information on the English romantic movement.

His critical work, especially on Shakespeare, was highly influential as well. He also helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture.

After learning all this, the audience was interested in learning even more and asked various questions. When the time was up, Joebar reminded everyone of the talk show's new starting hours - 10:30am PST and 4:00pm PST.

More news from Joebar's Talk Show - next week.

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