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Coleridge's Literary Influence

Seamus Perry

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/9780199644179.013.0035

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Coleridge's Literary Influence

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This article examines the literary influence of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It explains that Coleridge's achievements are so varied and his literary influence so diverse that no generalization can be made. There is no single distinctive Coleridgean idiom or manner for later poets to appropriate or to reject. But among Coleridge's contemporaries, it was William Wordsworth who felt the impact most momentously. The article suggests that Wordsworth would not have become Wordsworth had he evaded Coleridge's sway.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; literary influence; William Wordsworth; achievements; poets

Article.  7825 words. 

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

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