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Coleridge's Early Poetry, 1790–1796

David Fairer

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/9780199644179.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Coleridge's Early Poetry, 1790–1796

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This article examines the early poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge written between 1790 and 1796, focusing on his 1796 Poems on Various Subjects. It suggests that this 1796 work shows a disingenuousness in which naivety is being performed alongside self-assurance, and that it was organised so that maturity and adolescence alternate, and youthful love-verses sit alongside a politically committed public voice. The article discusses the changes in the tone of the poem when memory distracts Coleridge from the immediate scene.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Various Subjects; love-verses; public voice; poetry

Article.  7120 words. 

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

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