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Presence of Love

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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. He wrote the poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan. His critical work, especially on Shakespeare, was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture. He coined many familiar words and phrases, including the celebrated suspension of disbelief. He was a major influence on Emerson, and American transcendentalism.

Throughout his adult life, Coleridge suffered from crippling bouts of anxiety and depression; it has been speculated by some that he suffered from bipolar disorder, a condition not identified during his lifetime. Coleridge suffered from poor health that may have stemmed from a bout of rheumatic fever and other childhood illnesses. He was treated for these concerns with laudanum, which fostered a lifelong opium addiction.

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Transcriber's Notes: Words in Greek in the original have been transliterated and placed between plus signs. Words in Hebrew in the original have been transliterated and placed between pound signs. Words surrounded by underscores are in italics in the original. Characters superscripted in the original are enclosed in {braces}.

There are diacritical accents in the original. In this text, they are represented as follows:

[)a] = "a" with a breve [=a] = "a" with a macron [)e] = "e" with a breve [=e] = "e" with a macron [)i] = "i" with a breve [=i] = "i" with a macron [)o] = "o" with a breve [=o] = "o" with a macron [)u] = "u" with a breve [=u] = "u" with a macron [)y] = "y" with a breve [=y] = "y" with a macron

[=ae] = "ae" ligature with a macron over both vowels [=ea] = "ea" with a macron over both vowels [=ee] = "ee" with a macron over both vowels [=oo] = "ou" with a macron over both vowels [=ou] = "ou" with a macron over both vowels

Where the diacriticals appear as symbols, they are represented by the name of the symbol or symbols enclosed in brackets as in the following examples:

[breve] [macron] [macron breve] [macron breve macron]

Where the diacritical characters appear above or below a word, they are represented in the following manner:

indicates a macron [u] indicates a breve

Some words and phrases have a line drawn through them in the original... Continue reading book >>


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