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date: 26 October 2020

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This article examines the early years of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It suggests that contrary to some claims, Coleridge's childhood was not a scene of unrelenting deprivation because he had spent much time with his father Reverend John Coleridge, who was a respected citizen of Ottery St. Mary in Devon, England. The article explains that after his father's death in 1781, Coleridge was sent Christ's Hospital in London, where he remained throughout his childhood, studying and writing poetry.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, childhood, John Coleridge, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England, Christ's Hospital, poetry

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