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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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Introduction The First Acquaintance of the Poets, 1793–7

Introduction The First Acquaintance of the Poets, 1793–7

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(p.3) Introduction The First Acquaintance of the Poets, 1793–7
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Coleridge, Wordsworth and the Language of Allusion
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Lucy Newlyn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242597.003.0001

Coleridge describes in literary terms, that the basis of his original attraction to Wordsworth was of a different kind. When he first encountered Descriptive Sketches at Cambridge in 1793, the consuming interest in his life was not academic but political. Wordsworth's republicanism, inspired in the summer of 1792 by his brief friendship with Michel Beaupuy, is given full expression here in his vision of Switzerland as an ideal Republic. Coleridge's first meeting with Wordsworth which took place in September 1795 was at a political Debating Society in Bristol. The Farington Diary of April 1810 records that ‘on one occasion Wordsworth spoke with so much force and eloquence that Coleridge was captivated by it, and sought to know him.’ Comparatively little is known about Wordsworth's early impressions of Coleridge.

Keywords:   Coleridge, Wordsworth, Descriptive Sketches, republicanism, Farington Diary, early impressions

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