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Coleridge and Wordsworth: Collaboration and Criticism from <i>Salisbury Plain</i> to <i>Aids to Reflection</i>

Richard Gravil

in The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644179
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199644179.013.0003

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Coleridge and Wordsworth: Collaboration and Criticism from Salisbury Plain to Aids to Reflection

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This article examines the collaboration and ‘symbiosis’ of English poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. It explains that this celebrated friendship involved intimate and creative gift exchange both in world view and in the craft of verse, and that two instances of this gift were Frost at Midnight and Tintern Abbey, two of the greatest poems of 1798. The article contends that the long-term outcome of this friendship was a weakening of each poet's confidence in his own voice.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; William Wordsworth; English poets; collaboration; friendship; Frost at Midnight; Tintern Abbey

Article.  11738 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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