Coleridge: Biblical and Classical Literature

Anthony John Harding

in The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644179
Published online December 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191750700 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Coleridge: Biblical and Classical Literature

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This article examines the influence of biblical and classical literature on the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It discusses Coleridge's lifelong immersion in biblical and classical literature, and mentions that Table Talk gives some indication of how frequently and eagerly Coleridge spoke about biblical and classical literature at his Thursday-evening soirées. The article evaluates Coleridge's influence on his younger contemporaries, especially as it relates to how the ancient world was understood and interpreted.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; biblical literature; classical literature; Table Talk; ancient world

Article.  8337 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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