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<i>Coleridge, Dante, and</i> The Friend

Ralph Pite

in The Circle of Our Vision

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198112945
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112945.003.0003
Coleridge, Dante, and The Friend

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Throughout his career, Coleridge had been able to include the Commedia and several other of Dante's poems in his readings but his references to Dante are often either ornamental or incidental. This chapter asserts that there are certain important similarities between the works of Dante and those of Coleridge in two particular periods in Coleridge's life. It first discusses the parallels evident in Coleridge's travels to both Malta and southern Italy during the period between 1804 and 1807. Also, it looks into the parallels when Coleridge worked on the rewriting of his periodical entitled The Friend for the publication of its three-volume edition across 1818. It particularly concentrates on the changes in Coleridge's notion of symbols and symbolic writing.

Keywords: parallels; Malta; southern Italy; The Friend; changes; symbols; symbolic writing

Chapter.  21792 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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