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Coleridge and Shakespeare

Charles Mahoney

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/9780199644179.013.0027

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Coleridge and Shakespeare

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This article examines the role of Samuel Taylor Coleridge as a critic of William Shakespeare. It discusses the loss of Coleridge's notebook for the Lectures on the Principles of Poetry, which made it difficult to accurately assess his criticism on Shakespeare. The article suggests that the innovations of Coleridge's criticism came out of the depths of his own mind and years of thinking on the principles of poetry, while his close reading of Shakespeare provided him with the necessary figures, accidents, and minutiae to substantiate his claims.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; William Shakespeare; Principles of Poetry; Lectures; criticism

Article.  9006 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Shakespeare Studies and Criticism ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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