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This booklet examines how Coleridge staged his deepest woes within the public house of the newspaper. It seems to be at his guides within the Morning Post, which first released one in every of his most renowned poems, Dejection. An Ode. It unearths how he came upon a socially sanctioned public outlet for poetic disappointments and private frustrations which he couldn't most likely articulate in the other approach. that includes clean, contextual readings of confirmed significant poems; unique readings of epigrams, sentimental ballads, and translations; analyses of political and human-interest tales, this e-book finds the awesome quantity to which Coleridge used the general public medium of the newspaper to disclose his advanced and ambivalent deepest feelings approximately his marriage, his dating with the Wordsworths and the Hutchinsons, and the influence of those dynamics on his personal poetry and poetics.

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The overall impression is of a poem inoffensively witty, but with a darker undercurrent. Unlike the Moon in Coleridge’s ‘Soliloquy’ who proclaims ‘I am I myself I’, the Character seems to lack focus and purpose: ‘There’s virtue, the title it surely may claim, / Yet wants, heaven knows what, to be worthy the name’ (15–16). The poem was not included in the 1802 and 1805 Lyrical Ballads, and was not reprinted until 1836, two years after Coleridge’s death. On 17 October 1800 Dorothy’s Grasmere journal noted that ‘Coleridge had done nothing for the LB—Working hard for Stuart’ (DWJ 27).

15 Striking up a relationship with Sara Hutchinson when he was about to leave for London was one way of securing a more enduring emotional connection with the Wordsworth– Hutchinson clan. When Coleridge left for London on the following day he left both his new found love and his idol up north, and the intense, productive stint of newspaper writing of the next four months in London would be entirely characterized by the strong emotional pull back to the north embodied in both Sara Hutchinson and Wordsworth.

533]) in Nether Stowey, and left for Bristol. From there he went north with Joseph Cottle to Sockburn-on-Tees, Durham, the location of the Hutchinsons’ farm where William and Dorothy had been staying since their return from Germany in late April 1799 (Reed EY 267). 13 Earl Leslie Griggs notes that in ‘view of the affectionate letters Coleridge sent his wife from Germany, his abrupt and unannounced departure for the north 36 H. 542). Coleridge’s behaviour was not so much surprising as typical; in their married life so far the Coleridges had rarely spent more than a few weeks continuously together.

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