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Coleridge, Wordsworth and the Language of Allusion

Lucy Newlyn


In this study of two creative minds, this book offers a new version of the Coleridge–Wordsworth interaction during its most crucial years: 1797–1807. Rejecting all those accounts (including the poets' own) that have sought to construe difference as compatibility, the book argues that it is only on the surface that each poet appears to be the other's ideal audience. Below the surface, there were radical differences, of a theoretical and imaginative kind, which led to misunderstanding. The central argument of the book is that such a ‘misunderstanding’ was creative and, for both poets, a means of ... More

Keywords: Coleridge, Wordsworth, literary allusion, self-definition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242597
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucy Newlyn, author
St Edmund Hall, Oxford