A Dublin professor has unearthed hundreds of previously unknown works by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in a hunt that took him as far as Russia and Australia.
There also are many new versions of known Coleridge poems, but nothing to compare with his masterpieces like “Kubla Khan” and “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” according to Jim Mays, head of the English Department at University College, Dublin.
Mays plans to publish his discoveries later this year. In all, he says he found about 300 poems. About 500 Coleridge poems were already known.
The Sunday Times said Monday the new works range from two-line fragments to manuscripts 10 pages long and were found in private collections, homes and libraries.
It quoted Mays as saying Coleridge did not stop writing poetry around 1810, as had been thought. Coleridge died in 1834.