Youth and Age
Today is the birthday of the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who was born on this day in 1772.
Along with his friend, William Wordsworth, Coleridge started the Romantic Movement and was a member of the Lake Poets, a group of English poets who lived in the Lake District of England during the first half of the nineteenth century.
Coleridge felt that taxonomy was a sort of poetry. He wrote that taxonomy was “the best words in the best order.”
In his poem called Youth and Age, Coleridge wrote,
"Flowers are lovely; Love is flower-like;
Friendship is a sheltering tree;"
Kubla Khan's Summer Garden at Xanadu is the subject of Coleridge's 1797 poem Kubla Khan,one of his most famous works. The poem begins by describing Kahn's palace and the garden contrasted with the setting of the ancient Mongolian forest.
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.