Coleridge Close, SW8

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772 – July 25, 1834) was a poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. His best known works include The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, while his critical work, especially on William Shakespeare, was highly influential. He coined many familiar words and phrases, including “suspension of disbelief”. Born in the Devon village of Ottery St Mary, he was the youngest of 10 children, following the death of his father in 1781 he was sent to Christ’s Hospital, the London grammar school where learned Hebrew, Latin, and Greek as well as English composition. In the summer of 1797 he began working with his old friend Wordsworth on Lyrical Ballads, largely seen as the defining work in English Romantic Poetry. This is one of a cluster of streets named after famous playwrights and poets. Authors and poets were, and remain, popular choices for street names by developers.

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