Dejection: An Ode

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An autobiographical poem by S. T. Coleridge, first published in the Morning Post, 1802.

The poem describes the loss of his poetical powers, the dulling of his response to Nature, the breakdown of his marriage, and the paralysing effect of metaphysics (or opium). Paradoxically this is achieved in verse of great emotional intensity and metrical brilliance. Wordsworth partly answered it in his ‘Intimations of Immortality’ ode.

Subjects: Literature.

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