Coleridge's daughter hid her poetic passions





In life, the only daughter of Samuel Taylor Coleridge kept her light under a bushel, dying at 49 with her work largely unknown. Now, 150 years on, she is emerging as a considerable poet in her own right.

A British academic has discovered 120 unknown poems by Sara Coleridge at a university in Texas which, he says, rank her as a significant poet.

Though Dr Peter Swaab does not make extravagent claims for the Lake Poet's daughter – he ranks her as "an important minor poet" – he says that the astonishing discovery casts remarkable light on the struggles of an intellectual woman constrained by Victorian mores.


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