Upon his return to England Coleridge began a series of lectures on poetry and Shakespeare, which are now considered the basis of his reputation as a critic. Although Coleridge dismissed "Kubla Khan" as simply a "psychological experiment," the poem is now regarded as a forerunner of the work of the Symbolists and Surrealists in its presentation of the unconscious.
Upon awakening, he claimed, he wrote down the several hundred lines he had composed in his sleep. Today, his problems of disorganization and fragmented writing are largely ignored, and most critics agree that his works constitute a seminal contribution to literature. Following the publication of Lyrical Ballads, with a few Other Poems, completed with Wordsworth, Coleridge traveled to Germany where he developed an interest in the German philosophers Immanuel Kant, Friedrich von Schelling, and brothers Friedrich and August Wilhelm von Schlegel; he later introduced German aesthetic theories in England through his critical writing.
See also, "Kubla Khan" Criticism. The poem, a tale of a seaman who kills an albatross, presents a variety of religious and supernatural images to depict a moving spiritual journey of doubt, renewal, and eventual redemption.
Their rapport was instantaneous, and the next year Coleridge moved to Nether Stowey in the Lake District, the site of their literary collaboration. Coleridge died in of complications stemming from his dependence on opium. Later, he was awarded a scholarship to Jesus College, Cambridge University, showing promise as a gifted writer and brilliant conversationalist.
Inbefore completing his degree, Coleridge went on a walking tour to Oxford where he met poet Robert Southey. Espousing the revolutionary concepts of liberty and equality for all individuals, and inspired by the initial events of the French Revolution, Coleridge and Southey collaborated on The Fall of Robespierre.
As an outgrowth of their shared beliefs, they developed a plan for a "pantisocracy," an egalitarian and self-sufficient agricultural system to be built in Pennsylvania.
Contemporary scholars now look to Coleridge as the intellectual center of the English Romantic movement. He began taking opium as a remedy for his poor health and, seeking a more temperate climate to improve his morale, traveled to Italy. Lyrical Ballads, which was published anonymously, includes the now-famous preface by Wordsworth, stating that the poems "were written chiefly with a view to ascertain how far the language of conversation in the middle and lower classes is adapted to the purposes of poetic pleasure.
To compound these difficulties, Southey later lost interest in the scheme, abandoning it in English poet, critic, essayist, dramatist, and journalist.
He wrote that he fell asleep while reading an account of how the Chinese emperor Kubla Khan had ordered the building of a palace within a walled garden. Coleridge is considered one of the most significant poets and critics in the English language. Like "The Ancient Mariner," "Christabel" deals with the themes of evil and guilt in a setting pervaded by supernatural elements.
In the last years of his life Coleridge wrote the Biographia Literaria, considered his greatest critical writing, in which he developed aesthetic theories intended as the introduction to a great philosophical opus.6 John Beer, “Coleridge and Wordsworth: Influence and Confluence”, in Donald Sultana (ed.), New Approaches to Coleridge: Biographical and Critical Essays (), 7 CN I New Approaches to Coleridge by Donald Sultana,available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
versation Poems', in Donald Sultana (ed.), New Approaches to Coleridge; Biographical and Critical Essays (London, ). Mellor (Anne K.), 'Guilt and Samuel Taylor Coleridge', in her English Romantic. Hartley Coleridge Criticism - Essay. Homework Help Critical Essays; Towle praises the “robustness and vigour” of Coleridge's biographical sketches.
The Coleridge Connection Essays for Thomas McFarland edited by Richard Gravil New Approaches to Coleridge: Biographical and Critical Essays, ed. Donald Sultana (London: Vision Press, ). The Coleridge Connection explores what McFarland calls the symbiotic nature of.Download