conversation poem

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The term often applied to certain important blank-verse poems written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the late 1790s. These are addressed to close friends, and are characterized by an informal but serious manner of deliberation that expands from a particular setting. Apart from ‘The Nightingale’ (1798)—which Coleridge subtitled ‘A Conversation Poem’—the group of poems includes ‘This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison’, ‘Frost at Midnight’ (addressed to his infant son), and ‘Fears in Solitude’. There are some equivalents among the poems of his friend William Wordsworth—most importantly ‘Tintern Abbey’ (1798). Sometimes the term ‘conversation poem’ or ‘conversation piece’ is applied more generally to informal verse epistles by other poets.

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