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Coleridge, Wordsworth, and the Language of Allusion : Oxford English Monographs - Lucy Newlyn

Coleridge, Wordsworth, and the Language of Allusion

Oxford English Monographs

Paperback Published: 1st March 2001
ISBN: 9780199242597
Number Of Pages: 280

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In this study of two creative minds, Lucy Newlyn offers a new version of the Coleridge-Wordsworth interaction during its most crucial years: 1797-1807. Rejecting all those accounts (including the poets' own) which have sought to construe difference as compatibility, Newlyn argues that it is only on the surface that each poet appears the other's ideal audience. Below the surface, there were radical differences, of a theoretical and imaginative kind, which led to misunderstanding. It is the central argument of Coleridge, Wordsworth, and the Language of Allusion that such 'misunderstanding' was creative and, for both poets, a means of self-definition. The key to this interpretation is in the poets' private language: they were not only 'men speaking to men', but poets speaking to poets, and it is in their use of literary allusion that their tacit opposition emerges. Indeed, by examining the range of strategies open to any writer using private allusion, Newlyn's study reveals this mode to be potentially the most aggressive of literary forms.

`Lucy Newlyn has a marvellously sharp eye for such echoes and allusions and the intricacy of her observations is constantly illuminating.' John Beer, Times Higher Educational Supplement, 14 July 1986 `Review from previous edition 'Lucy Newlyn has a marvellously sharp eye for such echoes and allusions and the intricacy of her observations is constantly illuminating.'' John Beer, Times Higher Educational Supplement, 14 July 1986

A note on texts
Abbreviations
'That Golden Time'
Introduction: The First Acquaintance of the Poets, 1793-7p. 3
Interaction and Influence: The Early Days at Alfoxdenp. 17
Collaboration and Independence: Alfoxden and the making of a Mythp. 32
The Myth of Loss
'The Language of my Former Heart': Coleridge's Letter to Sara Hutchinson, April 1802p. 59
'Radical Difference': Wordsworth and Coleridge in 1802p. 87
'A something given': Two Versions of The Leechgathererp. 117
'A Power is Gone'
The Little Actor and His Mock Apparelp. 141
'A Strong Confusion': Coleridge's Presence in The Preludep. 165
Epilogue: 'Triumphal Wreaths'- To William Wordsworth and A Complaintp. 195
In City Pent: Echo and Allusion in Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Lamb, 1797-1801p. 205
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780199242597
ISBN-10: 0199242593
Series: Oxford English Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st March 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.37