are placed the full text of OSORIO (the first draft of REMORSE), included in
no former edition of Coleridge's Works; the full text of the Greek ode with
which he gained the Browne Medal in 1792, hitherto unknown; other
compositions which did not seem to demand a more prominent position;
and, finally, a collection of 'Titles, Prefaces, Contents, etc.' ('APPENDIX
K'), which will, I hope, serve all the purposes of a more formal biblio-
3. That no reader of the poems may be unnecessarily or unwillingly dis-
turbed, the editor's 'NOTES' have been placed at the end of the volume.
Some readers, he fears, may share his own opinion that they are too
voluminous, but it is hoped that, on the whole, they may be found useful, not
only to the student of the poems, but to those who wish to study more
closely the poet's life. Few of his verses, and few of the alterations he
made in them from time to time, are without some bearing on his loves, or
friendships, or adventures; and this I have endeavoured to bring out as
far as my limited knowledge could serve.
As regards the arrangement of the poems, it is in the main chrono-
logical. In 1828 and 1829, Coleridge made a kind of classification under
the headings, 'Juvenile Poems,''Poems occasioned by Political Events,'
'Love Poems,' etc., but it was of the roughest and least consistent descrip-
tion. Had I felt any scruples in departing from it, they would have been
dispersed by the following deliverance of the poet on the subject, which
shows, both by its date and its phrasing, that in the edition of 1834
the old classification was adhered to in opposition to his own better
'After all you [H. N. Coleridge] can say, I still think the chronological
order the best for arranging a poet's works. All your divisions are in
particular instances inadequate, and they destroy the interest which arises
from watching the progress, maturity, and even the decay of genius.'
(Table Talk, Jan. 1, 1834.)
A principle could hardly be stated more uncompromisingly, or more
authoritatively, but, in practice, it is rarely wise to apply anything of the
kind quite rigidly. For convenience sake, the DRAMATIC WORKS have been
placed by themselves, apart from the POEMS; and, for reasons explained in
the 'Notes,' a few allied poems have been grouped; but these departures from
the settled order have been so rare as to be hardly worthy of mention.
I cannot, of course, pretend to complete success in the attempt to fix