|Plot Summary of Coleridge: Darker Reflections|
|"This is the second and final volume of Richard Holmes' very detailed biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The book covers the latter half of Coleridge's life, dealing with his escalating opium addiction, and its physical and mental consequences, his unhappy marriage to Sarah Fricker, and his deteriorating relationship with Wordsworth.
Richard Holmes paints a sympathetic picture of a lovable, very bright man who is unable to function at a consistent level in any area of his life, and who seeks refuge in opium, alcohol and philosophy. There are many moments of humour in this somewhat bleak story, which concludes with Coleridge's death in 1834. His great interest in all things continued on to his deathbed, and he spent his final hours describing the process to those around him. His last words were: "Why, I feel I could almost be witty.""
Miranda Smith, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Coleridge: Darker Reflections|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- long lived adults
- emotionally unstable
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- Genius (really!)
- quite fatty
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- 18th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- More 6-10 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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