Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in collaboration with his friend William
Wordsworth, revolutionised English poetry; in 1798 they produced
their Lyrical Ballads, poems of imagination and reflection using
'the language of men'. They pointed the way forward for a
generation of Romantic poets.
Coleridge's addiction to opium affected his poetic output, and
yet the handful of poems he did produce were innovative. These
ranged from the quietly conversational to the wildly imagined, and
include two of the greatest in English literature: Kubla Khan and
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.