SA­MUEL TAY­LOR CO­LERIDGE

Somerset Life - - SOMERSET WRITERS -

Som­er­set’s coun­try­side cer­tainly stirred the emo­tions and fed the imag­i­na­tion of some of the county’s most ad­mired po­ets. It was the stun­ning land­scape of the Quan­tock Hills that in­spired Sa­muel Tay­lor Co­leridge to pro­duce some of his best-known work, and it was here that his friend­ships with fel­low po­ets Wil­liam Wordsworth and Robert Southey flour­ished.

His con­nec­tion with Som­er­set be­gan in Au­gust 1795 when he and his wife Sara spent their hon­ey­moon in a cot­tage over­look­ing the sea in Cleve­don. In 1796 the cou­ple moved to Nether Stowey, a small vil­lage at the foot of the Quan­tock Hills. Dur­ing this time, Co­leridge wrote some of his most fa­mous po­ems, in­clud­ing Frost at Mid­night, This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison and Co­leridge’s mas­ter­piece, The Rime of the An­cient Mariner. Now owned by the Na­tional Trust, Co­leridge Cot­tage was orig­i­nally two build­ings which were later com­bined and ex­panded.

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