Xanadu: The Life and Poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Kubla Khan, Christabel, Dejection Ode, and Rime of the Ancient Mariner: In this course we will read, discuss and re-read these and other great poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). Coleridge's troubled life, his drug addiction, and his frustrated love will be explored, along with his remarkable achievements in verse and prose. We'll also learn how Coleridge and his friend William Wordsworth ushered in the Romantic Age, my own favorite era that I hope to make one of yours.

For useful context see "Romanticism" and "Romantic Literature in English” on Wikipedia. Penguin Complete Poems has good texts and notes for under $12 on Kindle. (Note that the free online versions of Kubla and Mariner are not full or correct.) Coleridge is also the subject of one of the best literary biographies, Coleridge, Early Visions and Darker Reflections, by Richard Holmes.


Group Leader: TONY MERZLAK
Venue: King's Chapel Parish House
Meets on: Mondays 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Starting: 3/28/2022
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 20
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: 3 hours
Group Leader Biography:

Tony Merzlak was for many years professor of English at Suffolk University, where, with much else, he taught courses in Shakespeare, Dante, and the Romantic poets. A Cambridge resident since grad school days, Tony moved not long ago, with his partner, attorney Patricia Geran, to a lovely home down in Franklin.