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  1. 1. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: <ul><li>A Brief History </li></ul>
  2. 2. October 21, 1772: <ul><li>Samuel Taylor Coleridge is born in Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire, the youngest of ten children of John and Anne Bowden Coleridge. </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1775 <ul><li>At the age of three, Coleridge enrolls at Dame Key's Reading School . He later attends Henry VIII Free Grammar School in Ottery St. Mary. </li></ul>
  4. 4. October 6, 1781 <ul><li>Coleridge's father, the Reverend John Coleridge, dies. Samuel is sent to Christ's Hospital , a London boarding school that gives free education to orphans. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 1791 <ul><li>Coleridge enrolls at Cambridge University as a member of Jesuit College. He arrives just after William Wordsworth graduates. </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1793 Coleridge enlists in the 15th Light Dragoons under the alias Silas Tomkyn Comberbache .
  7. 7. April 1794 <ul><li>The Coleridge family bargains to take Samuel out of the army, and he returns to Cambridge. With fellow student Robert Southey , he organizes a utopian society known as the Pantisocracy. Coleridge leaves Cambridge without a degree. He lectures and writes in order to raise money for the Pantisocracy. </li></ul>
  8. 8. October 4, 1795 <ul><li>Coleridge marries Sara Fricker , the sister of Robert Southey's fiancée. Their marriage turns out to be an unsuccessful and unhappy one, and Coleridge spends most of his life living apart from his wife and children. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 1796 <ul><li>In September, the couple's first child, son Hartley Coleridge , is born. </li></ul>
  10. 10. June 5, 1797 <ul><li>Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth meet for the first time. They become instant friends. </li></ul>
  11. 11. March 23, 1798 <ul><li>Rime of the Ancient Mariner is completed. </li></ul>
  12. 12. September 1798 <ul><li>Lyrical Ballads (a collaboration work with Wordsworth) is published. Coleridge and Wordsworth travel to Germany for an extended stay. </li></ul><ul><li>Another son is born, but dies before Coleridge comes home. Coleridge sinks into depression </li></ul>
  13. 13. 1799 <ul><li>Falls in love with Wordsworth’s sister-in-law, Sara Hutchinson . </li></ul>
  14. 14. 1800 <ul><li>Because of his rheumatism , Coleridge is prescribed a medication called Laudanum , an opiate. It begins an addiction that he would struggle with for the rest of his life. </li></ul><ul><li>Another son, Derwent , is born. </li></ul>
  15. 15. 1803 <ul><li>Coleridge’s final child, a daughter Sara , is born. </li></ul>
  16. 16. 1804 <ul><li>Coleridge travels out of the country to Malta , hoping the climate will improve his health. He stays away for two years. </li></ul>
  17. 17. 1806 <ul><li>Coleridge separates from his wife, but continues to support her and his children. A divorce never occurs. </li></ul>
  18. 18. 1808 <ul><li>Moves in with Wordsworth. The two separate two years later when Coleridge discovers that Wordsworth has been speaking ill of him behind his back. </li></ul><ul><li>The two reconcile two years later, 1810 </li></ul>
  19. 19. 1815 <ul><li>Biographia Literaria is published, an accumulation of literary criticism. </li></ul>
  20. 20. 1816 <ul><li>Coleridge moves in with a doctor to kick his opium addiction. </li></ul>
  21. 21. 1820 <ul><li>Hartley Coleridge is expelled from school for drunkenness. Two years later, Hartley runs away . Coleridge never sees his eldest son again. </li></ul>
  22. 22. June 21, 1828 <ul><li>Coleridge travels Europe with Wordsworth and his daughter Dora. </li></ul>
  23. 23. July 25, 1834 <ul><li>Coleridge dies in his doctor’s home. He is buried in Highgate in the aisle of St. Michael's Church </li></ul>
  24. 24. Gravestone Inscription <ul><li>'Stop, Christian Passer-by! - Stop, child of God, And read with gentle breast. Beneath this sod A poet lies, or that which once seem'd he. - O, lift one thought in prayer for S.T.C.; That he who many a year with toil of breath Found death in life, may here find life in death! Mercy for praise - to be forgiven for fame He ask'd for praise - to be forgiven for fame He ask'd, and hoped, through Christ. Do thou the same!' </li></ul>