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About The Nightingale

Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 (Ottery St Mary) – 1834 (Highgate)

From a letter from STC to Wordsworth after writing The Nightingale:

  In stale blank verse a subject stale
  I send per post my Nightingale;
  And like an honest bard, dear Wordsworth,
  You'll tell me what you think, my Bird's worth.
  My own opinion's briefly this--
  His bill he opens not amiss;
  And when he has sung a stave or so,
  His breast, & some small space below,
  So throbs & swells, that you might swear
  No vulgar music's working there.
  So far, so good; but then, 'od rot him!
  There's something falls off at his bottom.
  Yet, sure, no wonder it should breed,
  That my Bird's Tail's a tail indeed
  And makes it's own inglorious harmony
  Æolio crepitû, non carmine.

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. more…

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