Chapter

The Missing Playground

John Beer

in Coleridge's Play of Mind

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574018
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723100 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574018.003.0001
The Missing Playground

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Coleridge's upbringing at Ottery St Mary, Devon, as youngest of the scholarly vicar's thirteen children. Favouritism of his parents leads to quarrels with brothers. Poor health and lack of chances to play are accompanied by childhood insecurity. His unusual promise and gifts. After his father's sudden death he is educated at Christ's Hospital and Jesus College, Cambridge. Wordsworth, diagnosing his failings, locates their source in lack of advantages such as his own.

Keywords: play; quarrels; insecurity; promise; Ottery; Christ's Hospital; Jesus college; Cambridge

Chapter.  3060 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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