A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge
by Malcolm Guite;
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A prestige telling of one of the perennial poetic voices, the life of Samuel Taylor is explored by poet, theologian, and song-writer Malcolm Guite.
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Though the 'Mariner' was written in 1797 when Coleridge was only twenty-five, it was an astonishingly prescient poem. As Coleridge himself came to realise much later, this tale - of a journey that starts in high hopes and good spirits, but leads to a profound encounter with human fallibility, darkness, alienation, loneliness and dread, before coming home to a renewal of faith and vocation - was to be the shape of his own life. In this rich new biography, academic, priest and poet Malcolm Guite draws out how with an uncanny clarity, image after image and event after event in the poem became emblems of what Coleridge was later to suffer and discover.
Of course 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' is more than just an individual's story: it is also a profound exploration of the human condition and, as Coleridge says in his gloss, our 'loneliness and fixedness'. But the poem also offers hope, release, and recovery; and Guite also draws out the continuing relevance of Coleridge's life and writing to our own time.
Mariner by Malcolm Guite was published by Hodder & Stoughton General Division in February 2017. The ISBN for Mariner is 9781473611054.
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Details for Mariner
|Page last updated||9th January 2017|
|Author / Artist||Malcolm Guite|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton General Division (February 2017)|
|Number of Pages||352|