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Cologne
(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

Cologne

Poem By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Köhln, a town of monks and bones,
And pavements fang'd with murderous stones
And rags, and hags, and hideous wenches ;
I counted two and seventy stenches,
All well defined, and several stinks !
Ye Nymphs that reign o'er sewers and sinks,
The river Rhine, it is well known,
Doth wash your city of Cologne ;
But tell me, Nymphs, what power divine
Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine ?

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Town of monks! ! ! but full with bones, odors......................! River stream of purity in stagnation! No washing personnel! as divine power Nymph also not to help......! but, monks were there.......for what? ? ?
Portrayal of a town on the banks of Rhine with it's polluted dirty township. A well deserved classic poem of the day.
A wonderful poem this is. I admire much the couplets. They are well- made But Coleridge is a great poet. There is no doubt of this.
The river Rhine, it is well known, Doth wash your city of Cologne; But tell me, Nymphs, what power divine Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine? .......a captivating question to river. Beautiful poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is well executed.
A poem and poet way ahead of their respected satirical times.


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