[[Ofbyld:SamuelTaylorColeridge.jpg|thumb|Samuel Taylor Coleridge]]
'''Samuel Taylor Coleridge ''' ([[Ottery St Mary]], [[Devon]]shire, [[21 oktober]] [] – [[Highgate (wyk)|Highgate]], [[Londen]], [[25 july]] [])
Throughout his adult life, Coleridge suffered from crippling bouts of anxiety and depression; it has been speculated by some that he suffered from [[bipolar disorder]], a condition as yet unidentified during his lifetime.<ref>Jamison, Kay Redfield. ''Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament.'' Free Press (1994.), 219–224.</ref> Coleridge suffered from poor health that may have stemmed from a bout of rheumatic fever and other childhood illnesses. He was treated for these concerns with [[laudanum]], which fostered a lifelong [[opium]] addiction.