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Saturday, January 1, 2011

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Different Perspectives on Samuel Coleridge's Poetry” is a blog done by Amanda Yacapin- Yevgeniy Salyuk, Stephen Henley. On their blog, they have their ideas about Coleridge’s poems Kubla Kahn, Ancient Mariner, Christabel, and The Aeolian Harp. They give you helpful incite into these poems and what they mean. The information on how Coleridge came up with some of his poems was found in the summary of Coleridge’s history. The thing that struck me as interesting is how Coleridge did everything in a trance and was high off opium but did not remember anything after he was out of the trance. Were these poems inspired by opium-induced hallucinations or was this a writer’s genius. The trances could prove to be interesting because anything could have happened during those trances. How was he able to write while in the “trance” and not remember? That brings up so many questions about his talent. I also liked the organization of the blog was organized it was not cluttered and helped me learn about the poet as well as the sampling of his works. I would encourage other people to read this blog so that they too would understand some of Coleridge’s major poems along with how he was able to write these abstract poems.

The story of KUBLA KAHN was enhanced by having a reading of the poem from Youtube. I found this helpful because sometimes reading a poem and getting its meaning is hard to do but having someone read it with the right tone really brings the poem to life. The comments that were made underneath the video by Stephen really brought to light some questions that were interesting and informative but let you come up your answers as well as show you what he came up.

The biography on Coleridge helped me understand why some of his poems are so grim. Yev put in the biography that one of his brothers and one of his sisters died with in a year these events inspired him to write his first poem. Yev also talks about Coleridge trying to stay outside of debt throughout his whole life, which is probably the reason for some of his other works.

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