Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

The Exchange - Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We pledged our hearts, my love and I,
I in my arms the maiden clasping;
I could not tell the reason why,
But, O, I trembled like an aspen!

Her father's love she bade me gain;
I went, and shook like any reed!
I strove to act the man---in vain!
We had exchanged our hearts indeed.


Comments about The Exchange by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Khairul Ahsan (8/16/2018 10:16:00 AM)


    Nice and tender expression of true feelings, it seemed to me. (Report) Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (8/16/2018 6:51:00 AM)


    A clever and satiric poem (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/16/2018 2:07:00 AM)


    We had exchanged our hearts indeed.

    //// need exchanging both hearts to be together in life
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  • Petals Azureblue (8/16/2018 1:32:00 AM)


    This young man satires himself in the final line, for he strove to be the man...but his manly (brave) heart he had exchange for his loved one's heart. Such an endearing poem of love in the young. But I had to smile at his humour in his fear. (Report) Reply

    Khairul Ahsan (8/16/2018 10:15:00 AM)

    'But I had to smile at his humour in his fear.' - Ha ha ha! Loved this part of your comment! :)

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/16/2018 1:22:00 AM)


    I know him from my study of English Language-and Lit. A very impressing personality with many many problems. He was W.Wordsworth poet friend, but he got quarrels with WW. I love all his poems, they sound tender and touching, A true poet representing his period. A myriad of 10's for the vote. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a name to never forget! Congratulations as Classic Poem Of The Day! May his soul R.I.P. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/16/2018 1:16:00 AM)


    STC, a most important name from his period, not a very easy man or with a loving character as this poem sounds, but a poet with many problems if we view him upon his escapades. Aside from his reputation, I love his poems, they are beautiful with sad tunes and we must guess most of the times. Certainly a best poem all time! Congrats CPOTD (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/16/2017 11:09:00 AM)


    Marriage of a man and woman is meeting of hearts as well as meeting of two families. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/16/2017 11:06:00 AM)


    She bade me again! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/16/2017 8:57:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem on love. Concise but meaningful. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/16/2017 7:45:00 AM)


    Short and sweet. Loved it.

    I strove to act the man- -in vain!
    We had exchanged our hearts indeed....is very nice.
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  • Captain Cur (8/16/2017 7:28:00 AM)


    I wonder, did he win her hand? I hope her father was not the terrible Khan! (Report) Reply

  • Ekerendu M Ezekiel (8/16/2017 4:49:00 AM)


    poetry being poetry, coleridge no fan of newspeak (Report) Reply

  • (8/16/2017 2:46:00 AM)


    A great love poem, full of simplicity and sweetness as also bubling joy. (Report) Reply

  • Lantz Pierre (8/16/2017 1:02:00 AM)


    A gentle chuckle for the depiction of the frightened suitor having to go before his amour's father with the faintness and lack of temerity he feels for having devoted, or exhanged, his heart with hers. An apt interpretation. (Report) Reply

    Khairul Ahsan (8/16/2018 10:11:00 AM)

    I really like the way you explain poems for the not so good readers like me, we are greatly benefited by your comments to understand poems better. Your comments are usually very poetic.
    Thank you, @Lantz Pierre

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/16/2017 1:02:00 AM)


    Such a well-written piece...... (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/16/2017 12:19:00 AM)


    Lovers plight to materialize their love is nicely expressed in this simple poem of Poet Coleridge! (Report) Reply

  • (10/21/2016 10:29:00 PM)


    Most lovely act accomplished in Bartar System(give and take) of trade. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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