Publisher and Publication Date: Penguin Classics. 2004.
Audience: Readers of poetry.
Back in college I was first introduced to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. His poems “Kubla Khan” (1797) and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner are favorites. I didn’t know until reading this book or possibly had forgotten. There are two poems of the Ancient Mariner: The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere (1798) and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1834). The first edition of the poem was criticized for being too difficult to read because of the old style of writing. It is the longest major poem Coleridge wrote. It is a lyrical ballad.
Another poem I love is “Christabel”, began in 1797. The second part was completed in 1800.
One of the things I like about this book is explanatory notes are included. Coleridge explains about the metre of the various poems. He explains when and where some of the poems were written. Not all the poems have these notes; the longer poems have them. This edition of poems follows the 1834 edition, The Poetic Works.
I enjoyed reading the introduction by Christopher Ricks. It gave me an understanding about the man and poet Coleridge. One note of interest: he was known for revising poems.
I counted 321 poems in the book. They are the ones known to be published by Coleridge.
The book has an essay on punctuation written by Coleridge.
The poems begin on page 3 and end with the essay on page 424. The later part of the book is the notes and index sections.