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The Samuel Taylor Coleridge Archive

The best part of this site is that little button that says "Poetry." It's his collected works. Nice. You can read selections of his essays, which are almost as good as his poetry.

Friends of Coleridge

A website maintained by folks who want to preserve Coleridge's legacy.

Poets.org

It's too bad there aren't a lot of detailed biographies of Coleridge available online, but here is a brief biography and a good reading list.

Video

Listen to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

A British man gives an accurate, professional reading of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. At least you'll know how to pronounce "eftsoons."

A Four-Part Reading of Mariner

Another good British reading of the poem, showing pages from Gustav Doré's famous illustrated publication.

Audio

Iron Maiden covers Mariner!
The heavy metal band Iron Maiden produced a loud, loud version of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner for its album Powerslave. Awesome.

Images

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The poet as a young man.

Gustav Doré Drawing

A scene from the "zombie" portion of the poem, when the bodies of the sailors begin to work the ropes. The drawing is by Gustav Doré, whose illustrations of the poem are classic artworks in their own right.

Historical Documents

The Lyrical Ballads
A digital copy of the book that started it all, and by "all" we mean British literary Romanticism.

Books

Mariner, illustrated by Gustav Doré

Dore's drawings for his edition of the poem are among the most famous illustrations of classic literature ever produced.

Biographia Literaria, by S.T. Coleridge

Coleridge was also a fantastic reader and critic of literature, and this book is still used widely by teachers and professors.

Movies and TV Productions

Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Not a live action version of the poem, but a creative "visualization."
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