Coleridge: A Bridge between Science and Poetry

  • Kathleen Coburn


One may reasonably ask at the outset why the Royal Institution should celebrate the bicentenary of an English poet, especially one commonly reputed to be anything but a scientist. The answer lies in the remarkableness of both institutions, Coleridge and the Royal one (for Coleridge is a kind of institution in himself); both are characterised by an imaginative facility in looking at the specific in their field of vision, and also at the wider ranges of more general and complex human considerations. It was natural that Coleridge and the Royal Institution, soon after its founding in 1799, should find each other. The view that Coleridge was anti-science is quite erroneous. Nor did he believe in a world of two cultures.


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