Public Journalism, Private Affections

John Beer

in Coleridge's Play of Mind

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574018
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723100 | DOI:
Public Journalism, Private Affections

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Coleridge's public attempts to encourage a natural morality in political activity are conducted through the editorship of Daniel Stuart, proprietor of the Morning Post. His insight into genius leads him to appreciate the qualities of Napoleon, but also means that his initial horror of war is superseded by support of the need for warfare to defeat the aims of the Corsican. His work in Malta enhances his experience with men and affairs, and a subsequent visit to Rome introduces him to a number of new thinkers and painters, including Humboldt and Washington Allston. It also, however, drives him to value more the virtues of private affections—though as he resumes contact with the Wordsworths he finds them increasingly drawn into the concerns of domestic life and less inclined to value his Platonic love for Sara Hutchinson—which he had hoped might not only afford him fulfilment but prove exemplary to his contemporaries.

Keywords: political; Stuart; Morning Post; Napoleon; Platonic; Rome; Malta; Humboldt; Washington; Allston

Chapter.  4395 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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