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Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years

Nicholas Roe


This study is a reappraisal of William Wordsworth's and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's radical careers before their emergence as major poets. The book presents a detailed examination of both writers' debts to radical dissent in the years before 1789. Wordsworth's first-hand experience of revolution in France is treated in depth, and both Wordsworth's and Coleridge's relations with William Godwin and John Thelwall are clarified. In each case, the poets are shown to have been vividly alive to radical issues in Britain and France, and much more closely involved with the popular reform movement represe ... More

Keywords: William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poets, radical dissent, France, William Godwin, John Thelwall, popular reform movement, London Corresponding Society, revolutionary idealism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198119692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Roe, author
University of St Andrews