Friday, August 27, 2010


Bumf in Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Written in an Album, in The Complete Poems, ed. William Keach (1997; rpt. London: Penguin Books, 2004), p. 397:
PARRY seeks the polar ridge;
Rhymes seeks S.T. Coleridge,
Author of works, whereof — tho' not in Dutch —
The public little knows — the publisher too much.
No bumf there, but see Keach's note on p. 599, where he quotes the following alternate version from a letter of Coleridge to J.H. Green (May 30, 1827):
Parry seeks the Pólar Ridge:
But rhymes seeks S.T. Cólĕridge
Fit for Mrs Smudger's Olbum
Or to wipe her Baby's small bum.
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