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Coleridge and the Uses of Division$
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Seamus Perry

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183976.001.0001

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Radical Differences: Milton, Shakespeare, Wordsworth

Radical Differences: Milton, Shakespeare, Wordsworth

(p.209) 5 Radical Differences: Milton, Shakespeare, Wordsworth
Coleridge and the Uses of Division

Seamus Perry

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's criticism on William Shakespeare and John Milton in his book Biographia. His Biographia focused on William Wordsworth, but accounts of Shakespeare and Milton were provided because they symbolize the dual elements which compose the provocative muddle of Wordsworth. It suggests that the Milton-Shakespeare antithesis is a desynonomy of imagination and proposes that a parallel between poet and absolute God encourages an idealist analogy between poem and second creation.

Keywords:   Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, literary criticism, William Shakespeare, John Milton, William Wordsworth, second creation

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