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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Elucidate Coleridge’s theory of poetry

Samuel Taylor Coleridge is one of the most complex and richly suggestive writers in English literature. He is a poet, philosopher, critic and a genuine observer, who has left an indelible mark on history of English poetry and criticism. His major critical work, Biographia Literaria, stands as the source of much modern critical theory. His friend William Wordsworth and he (Coleridge) jointly published Lyrical Ballads which was a revolt against the set rules of Neo-classical poetry. They asserted not only that the source of poetry is the ordinary life and language of men, but also reasserted the validity and beauty of the imagination.

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