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Nature, Poetry, and the Vicissitudes of Love

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/9780199574018.003.0005
Nature, Poetry, and the Vicissitudes of Love

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Development of the relationship with Sara Hutchinson. Coleridge's journey to Malta and his reaction to John Wordsworth's death at sea. His ‘involuntary jealousy’ at Wordsworth's unlimited access to Sara, coupled with unbridled admiration of his poetic achievement, particularly in the autobiographical poetry leading to the 1805 Prelude. His misery on realizing that his love for Sara cannot reach a happy conclusion. The after‐life in poetry of his desolate love.

Keywords: Malta; jealousy; Wordsworth; autobiographical; poem; nature; misery

Chapter.  6035 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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