Posted by: felinegroovy | October 31, 2006

yeah but who was sam when he was at home?

Thanks to Wikipedia I can give you this information….

I’m a year older than Samuel Taylor Coleridge was when he died of pneumonia…oops wrong Sam, that was the composer. He looks pretty interesting too….

Woah now I’ve found my Sam – he’s the one on the right, the other one was far groovier looking (on the left)

Sam (the first) hung out with Bill Wordsworth and started the Romantic movement. The two famous poems that he wrote were the Kubla Khan and the Rime of the Ancient Mariner (that’s the one with the albatross). The famous “water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink” was from that poem too.

The kubla Khan poem was apparently written in an opium haze.I believe that Alice in Wonderland was written in that way too. This is the poem that Xanadua winery is named after:

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man

Down to a sunless sea.

The wikipedia goes into how he grew up, sounds from them as though he admired his Dad – thought he was a good guy, but didn’t like his mum much. Sounds like they didn’t like him much either – they didn’t let him come home from boarding school much.

Being a boarding school girl I can imagine how that would feel … it was always so good to walk up the steps to the car park with my overnight bag in hand. The LTD’s leather seats ready to take me to Chateau La Mer for the weekend with Mum, or a long drive home for a long weekend on the farm. Trips to Dad’s were ususally by train which were pretty cool too, the old Australind with clicking joiner doorw where we would hang out in the fresh air. If Tracey was on the train we would stand there and smoke Salems, blowing the fumes out into the cool evening air, one of us with an eye out for the conductor who would bust us. I digress …. wasn’t me who said all those incredible smart, sharp and on the noggin things, it was Sam!

Pantisocracy – sounds like the condition of stealing undies from clothes lines eh? Ah but no! It’s the utopian society Sam wanted to set up.


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