Samuel Taylor Coleridge, born in Devon in 1772, was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher. A close friend of William Wordsworth, Coleridge was also a member of the Lake Poets, and a founder of the English Romantic Movement. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is among his best-known works.
`The greatest sea poem in the language' Jonathan Raban
`The Poem contains many delicate touches of passion...a great number of the stanzas present beautiful images, and are expressed with unusual felicity of language' William Wordsworth
`Astonishingly, the poem's spell doesn't seem to weaken over the years...The scenery remains thrillingly hellish, while laced with photographically realistic meteorological effects, and the narrative drive is irresistible' Guardian