Sonnet XIV. Composed While Climbing The Left Ascent Of Brockley Coomb, In The County Of Somerset

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



With many a pause and oft reverted eye
I climb the Coomb's ascent: sweet songsters near
Warble in shade their wild-wood melody:
Far off the unvarying Cuckoo soothes my ear.
Up scour the startling stragglers of the flock
That on green plots o'er precipices browze:
From the deep fissures of the naked rock
The Yew-tree bursts! Beneath its dark green boughs
(Mid which the May-thorn blends its blossoms white)
Where broad smooth stones jut out in mossy seats,
I rest: - and now have gain'd the topmost site.
Ah! what a luxury of landscape meets
My gaze! Proud towers, and Cots more dear to me,
Elm-shadow'd Fields, and prospect-bounding Sea!
Deep sighs my lonely heart: I drop the tear:
Enchanting spot! O were my Sara here!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABCDEFEFGFGFCCHD
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 715
Words 128
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 16

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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