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Coleridge, Wordsworth and the Language of Allusion$
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Lucy Newlyn

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242597.001.0001

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‘A something given’: Two Versions of The Leechgatherer

‘A something given’: Two Versions of The Leechgatherer

(p.117) 5 ‘A something given’: Two Versions of The Leechgatherer
Coleridge, Wordsworth and the Language of Allusion

Lucy Newlyn

Oxford University Press

This chapter demonstrates the major change which takes place in Wordsworth's thinking while he made his alterations to the text of The Leechgatherer. It suggests that this change marks not only a turning point in the relationship with Coleridge, but a new stage in the development of his art. The willingness to use old material alongside new, without seeming to notice the difference, goes hand in hand with the poet's confidence in his present, revisionary self — the self who makes radical alterations, occasionally (as here in The Leechgatherer) to good effect, but frequently on a random basis, and with destructive results.

Keywords:   Wordsworth, alterations, Coleridge, art, poet, The Leechgatherer

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