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The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
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Daemon wrote:
The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)


... with the blind woman in the lead, followed by the deaf (and dumb) man looking out for the pitfalls of the union to sound the warnings.
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It must have been written tongue in cheek. He thought women spoke too much so it would be good not to hear his wife. Perhaps he thought she would not want to see him, although he looks fine in the picture.
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It looks like he was married unhappily...
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Joy Frohlich wrote:
It must have been written tongue in cheek. He thought women spoke too much so it would be good not to hear his wife. Perhaps he thought she would not want to see him, although he looks fine in the picture.

You're not fussy are you? I love Coleridge's poetry, but I'd make him wear a bag on his head, or a gimp mask. Speak to the hand

When you make an assumption, you make an ass of u & umption! - NeuroticHellFem
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I am afraid to hear or imagine what's women's version of happy marriage might be… Did you hear, darling, what I just said?
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how true
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Better for the man to be deaf and the woman blind and they will live happily ever after.
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Glad he belonged to predivorce era!
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In the first year of marriage, the man speaks and the woman listens.
In the second year, the woman speaks and the man listens.
In the third year, they both speak and the neighbors listen.

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Maybe Coleridge's meaning is meant to mean, that if a man is deaf and the woman blind, the man cannot hear what the woman asks for (and perhaps expects to receive) -- which is all the things she sees and hopes the man will provide.
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I am sure Coleridge meant it tongue-in-cheek in the 'Battle of the Sexes'. Sometimes these 'jokes' can be funny as there is a bit of truth in them re the differences. However, sometimes they can just perpetuate stereotypes and can become tiresome. Too bad there seem to be a lot of these in Daemon the Computer's random picks. I assume they are random.

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. Anon
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Daemon wrote:
The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)


Not is she us butt ugly and he wags his tongue all the time.
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Tongue-in-cheek? How come he never said LOL so we can all be sure of it, here at TFD?
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Coleridge is well spoken for a deeply disappointed grouchy-pant man. I wonder how happy she was with him.

Some funny remarks on this thread, however, if you sincerely agree with Coleridge, you need marital counseling or divorce.
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The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Think The most happy marriage would be between a blind man and a mute woman.
Live by faith, not by sight.
idk
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Verbatim wrote:
Tongue-in-cheek? How come he never said LOL so we can all be sure of it, here at TFD?


Lol. Because, Verbatim, in his time LOL probably meant 'little old lady'. Well maybe not. I wonder if they had the propensity for acronyms that we do today.

His quote sounds like the old joke of a perfect wife -well I am not going to finish it because it is one of those tiresome ones but it ends with owning a liquor store.

I like the quote that says that a good husband makes a good wife, and vice versa!

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. Anon
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I suppose this is a joke in bad taste. Nobody who thinks like that should ever marry anybody. Did this man ever get married? I don't know
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Shame on you Obviously a quote before women were allowed higher education, and esteemed equal, now reads absurd.
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With an outlook like that, all I have to say is - poor bastard.


"Now" is the eternal present.
thar
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He was unhappily married. He was also an opium addict - he was the guy who got the whole poem of Kubla Khan in an opium induced dream, woke up and couldn't remember it all. Don't you just hate it when that happens. Whistle
So I am sure that did not help!

Also wrote some pathetically depressive stuff, frankly.
But I guess being a Utopian and a Romantic poet, being depressed comes with the territory when you bump into reality.

I think maybe he preferred the unattainable vision to the reality of a wife!

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw :
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight 'twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome ! those caves of ice !
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware ! Beware !
His flashing eyes, his floating hair !
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.


Kubla Khan.

Possibly the only romantic poet to be quoted in a successful pop song? You have got to wonder what he would have made of that. I suspect he would have been partying as hard as the rest of them!

Verbatim
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Daemon wrote:
The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)



The quotation some of us are struggling with here is rather obscure and certainly not poetically inspired. Probably Specimens of Table Talk.
However, to miss the obvious in it is bad enough, but to state the obvious, as if to reassure oneself about it, is to be blissfully unaware of it.

Here is something Coleridge wrote about how to read:
""Until you understand a writer's ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding.""
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), British poet, critic. Biographia Literaria, ch. 12 (1817).

Read more at http://quotes.dictionary.com/Until_you_understand_a_writers_ignorance_presume_yourself#mCjggY3BOR7BAjpG.99





idk
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Maybe he should have spelled his name with an 'h'. Choleridge.

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. Anon
Verbatim
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Isn't being "Out of Humor" worse than Choler? LOL!
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Oh yes, truer words have never been spoken.... :-)
idk
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Fredric-frank Myers wrote:
Oh yes, truer words have never been spoken.... :-)


Whose words? Coleridge's? Or Verbatim's?

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. Anon
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too simple, how is she going to do her work blind.
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