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Those are the words of Richard Holmes, describing the subject of this very blog just after he had sprung “to light’ in the vicarage of of the small market-town of Ottery St Mary in Devon, one autumn morning on 21 October 1772”. (Holmes. Coleridge – Early Visions. Penguin, 1990. Page 2.)

So, that makes today the 240th anniversary of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s birth!

Well, happy birthday, Sir! Investigating your life and work is quickly becoming my dearest hobby! 🙂

Coleridge’s birthhouse hasn’t survived the tide of time, but a nice plaque has been put near the original site to commemorate the birthplace of what might just be Ottery St Mary’s most famous son. Thanks to flickr user Woolmark for the nice photo.