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Annotated Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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really liked it

I like Coleridge because I'd like to be him, though I have a bit of trouble identifying with some of his characteristics: he was a born poet; Martin Amis has an idea that congenital poets have a certain look - heavy lips, I think, tall, floppy blonde hair: as a teenager, I read and reread the Martin Gardner intro to this book for its evocation of a time when, if you were an honoured writer, people like Josiah Wedgwood would fund your walking trips around the Lake District, or support you financially for years, for no other glory than the thought that he was advancing the culture...

Anyway, Martin Gardner was the coolest guy - art and science and maths and a formidable eye for research: my only criticism is that he goes on too long about how much he hates modern art in the foreword - with especial emphasis on Calder's expressionist illos for the Mariner. I do have to say, too, that though I learned a lot about poetry as it once was from Gardner's notes, I wasn't as delighted by them as I was by the ones he wrote for the Alice books, which I read countless times as a kid and teenager, and learned heaps about mathematics, logic, physics, dextro and laevo forms of molecules etc etc....

Nevertheless, highly recommended.

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January 1, 1977 – Finished Reading
January 12, 2012 – Shelved

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