Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

What Is Life? Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Resembles Life what once was held of Light,
Too ample in itself for human sight ?
An absolute Self--an element ungrounded--
All, that we see, all colours of all shade
[Image]By encroach of darkness made ?--
Is very life by consciousness unbounded ?
And all the thoughts, pains, joys of mortal breath,
A war-embrace of wrestling Life and Death ?

Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

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