Samuel Taylor Coleridge - a poetic local Blue Plaque!

16 August 2019

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - a poetic local Blue Plaque!
Since our recent move to new offices in Bloomsbury, London’s “Knowledge Quarter”, we’ve begun to explore our neighbourhood. We became very interested in the concentration of Blue Plaques in the area.

Blue plaques are a London institution. They celebrate great figures in science, the arts and politics, and the buildings that they inhabited.  The Blue Plaques scheme has been run by English Heritage since 1986 and there are over 760 in London. You can find all the blue plaques and information about them here: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/blue-plaques/#?pageBP=1&sizeBP=12&borBP=0&keyBP=gower%20street&catBP=0

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

We’re rather intrigued that really close to the Digital Taxonomy office, there’s a blue plaque dedicated to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Coleridge was one of the founders of Romantic poetry, as well as being a philosopher and literary critic. Intriguingly, if you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘suspension of disbelief’ – Coleridge coined it! Whilst we’re not saying that using Codeit, our AI driven free-text tagging and coding tool will force you to suspend your disbelief about the speed and accuracy that can be achieved, it is, nonetheless a neat connection!

Coleridge’s two most famous poetic works are The Rime of the Ancient Mariner https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43997/the-rime-of-the-ancient-mariner-text-of-1834  and Kubla Khan  https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43991/kubla-khan . But he’s also famous for his enduring literary criticism. Coleridge’s reading of Hamlet has had so much influence on Shakespeare’s work that it changed public appreciation on the piece and is STILL commonly cited today by scholars.

 

It’s intriguing how connections across the centuries can surface… For instance, working at a start-up often call for suspending your disbelief’! With always so much to do, at times it can certainly feel like the journey ahead puts us in the shoes of the unnamed mariner in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Fortunately, our efforts have brought many moments where we no longer need to suspend disbelief as we see projects come to fruition, new customers come on board and our reputation grow!

If you get a chance to read one or both of these famous poems, do let us know what you think!



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