Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
|born on||21 October 1772 at 10:45 (= 10:45 AM )|
|Place||Ottery St.Mary, England, 50n45, 3w17|
|Timezone||LMT m3w17 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||28°36' 20°35 Asc. 12°52'|
British writer, best known as the author of "The Ancient Mariner." A poet, critic and philosopher of the Romantic period, he loved to talk and converse. He wrote little but the works he left are considered masterpieces of the English language.
He married and had a small family. Shuffling, flabby and irresolute in character, he had a 15-year opium habit. His drug problems seem to have begun when he was 18. Confined in the hospital for many months with rheumatic fever, he was given laudanum for the pain. He gradually became addicted to the opium and during his adult years, consumed as much as two quarts of laudanum a week. His poem "Kubla Khan" was probably written during drug use.
In April 1816, James Gillman, a physician was asked to take the poet into his London home to help him get clean of the opiate. Coleridge stayed with the Gillman's until his death 18 years later. He never entirely gave up his habit, but the doctor kept him monitored with a small amount of morphine.
His health deteriorated toward the end of his life but his mind remained sharp and clear. He received his many visitors in a private parlor, always dressed in clerical black. During his last few months he was confined to bed and often in pain, which he tried to conceal.
Coleridge died at the Gillman home on 25 July 1834, Highgate, London. An autopsy showed that his heart nearly filled the left side of his chest and the right side was filled with fluid, suggesting hypertrophy and dilation due to aortic disease.
- friend relationship with Hazlitt, William (born 10 April 1778)
- friend relationship with Lamb, Charles (born 10 February 1775)
- friend relationship with Wordsworth, William (born 7 April 1770)
- parent->child relationship with Coleridge, Berkeley (born 10 May 1798)
- parent->child relationship with Coleridge, Derwent (born 14 September 1800)
- parent->child relationship with Coleridge, Hartley (born 19 September 1796)
- parent->child relationship with Coleridge, Sara (born 23 December 1802)
- other kin relationship with Coleridge, Derwent Moultrie (born 17 October 1828). Notes: Grandkin
- other kin relationship with Coleridge, Herbert (born 7 October 1830). Notes: Grandkin
- has other family relationship with Southey, Robert (born 12 August 1774). Notes: Brothers-in-law
Arthur Blackwell quotes "Table Talk of S.T. Coleridge." (11:00 AM LAT)
Same from Leo in "How to Judge a Nativity"
Richard Holmes, "Coleridge Early Visions," Hodder & Stoughton, 1989, p.2. gives "one autumn morning."
Sy Scholfield cites birth record quoted in "The Complete Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge" edited by W. G. T. Shedd (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1853), p. 599: "He was born at Ottery on the 21st of October, 1772, 'about eleven o'clock in the forenoon,' as his father, the Vicar, has, with the unusual particularity, entered it in the register."
- Traits : Personality : Articulate
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Rheumatic fever, severe case)
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Aeortic disease, hypertrophy)
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Opium, 15 year addiction)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
- Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four)
- Vocation : Writers : Critic
- Vocation : Writers : Poet (Pro, noted)
- Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Languages (Masterpiece writer, poet)