On Donne's Poetry

Original Text: 
S. T. Coleridge, Literary Remains, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (London: W. Pickering, 1836-39). PR 4471 C6 ROBA.
2Wreathe iron pokers into true-love knots;
3Rhyme's sturdy cripple, fancy's maze and clue,
4Wit's forge and fire-blast, meaning's press and screw.


1] An instance of Coleridge's habit of annotating books, this quatrain was first printed in his Literary Remains (1836) from a note on Alexander Chalmers' Works of the English Poets (21 volumes, 1810), V. Coleridge and Charles Lamb were largely responsible for reviving an interest in Donne in the nineteenth century. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Kathleen Coburn; R. S. Woof
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.471.