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“The Resurrection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge”

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Langman, Peter Fabbri (American playwright, psychologist, 1960-____), “The Resurrection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge,”

a 25-minute drama in English in two scenes set in a sitting room and lecture hall, London, England, 1812,


; • © 2005 by Peter Fabbri Langman; • in Peter Fabbri Langman’s The Resurrection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Peter Fabbri Langman, 18 South 25th Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104, U.S.A., e-mail peterlangman@yahoo.com, telephone (home) 610-740-9449, (work) 610-799-7777. • Cited by Peter Fabbri Langman via ftp December 8, 2005; Langman says,

§ Dramatis Personae Samuel Taylor Coleridge (m), 39, poet and lecturer, friend of Lamb; Charles Lamb (m), 30s, friend of Coleridge.

§ Synopsis “(Scene i) Lamb arrives at Coleridge’s room where the poet, bemoaning his state, insists that he cannot endure lecturing that evening. Lamb counters with buoyant good humor and well-meant sarcasm. Coleridge enumerates at length reasons for this despondency, revealing suicidal thoughts, but Lamb finally gets through to him, stirring in Coleridge courage and resolve. Coleridge agrees that he must carry on in order to prove his critics wrong and maintain a sense of devotion to his better self. (Scene ii) In a virtual monologue, Coleridge displays marvelous oratory and captivating power. While ostensibly lecturing on Romeo and Juliet, Coleridge meanders amid various Shakespearean characters who committed suicide and back to Romeo, who could have awakened to a loving life with Juliet if only he had not been so hasty in choosing death. Coleridge in this ostensible lecture resolves his own interior conflict of suicide versus life.

§ Comment “Coleridge is struggling with several devastating events in his life—the failure of his marriage, financial hardship, the shattering of his friendship with Wordsworth, and his addiction to opium. • Two scenes.” • Interestingly, from 1783 public executions were held outside Newgate prison, opposite Christ's Hospital with its impressionable students, including Coleridge and Lamb. “Every Monday morning large crowds would assemble outside Newgate Prison to watch the men and women executed. A seat at one of the windows overlooking the gallows could cost up to £10.”—Newgate Prison, http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk, accessed December 10, 2005.

§ Themes addiction, Coleridge (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, October 21, 1772-July 25, 1834), dignity, financial hardship, friendship, hope, marriage, opium, poet, poetry, Lamb (Charles Lamb, English essayist, a fellow pupil of Samuel Taylor Coleridge at Christ’s Hospital, February 10, 1775-July 27, 1834), Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare (William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright, April 23, 1564-April 23, 1616), suicide, Wordsworth (William Wordsworth, English poet, April 7, 1770-April 13, 1850).

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