The Opium Saturated Coleridge Dies of Heart Disease

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On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one. In his last years, Coleridge continued to write in his Christian-philosophical-sage vein, and to enthrall by his conversation, but he was decades away from his great poems and literary criticism. Explanations of the “great and useless genius” included too little “resolution” and too much opium.

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