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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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Interaction and Influence: The Early Days at Alfoxden

Interaction and Influence: The Early Days at Alfoxden

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(p.17) 1 Interaction and Influence: The Early Days at Alfoxden
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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/9780199242597.003.0002

In June 1797, Coleridge arranged for the Wordsworths to live at Alfoxden house, two miles walk from Nether Stowey. The new elements in Wordsworth's writing (a concern with mental process, and the sudden prominence of Milton) are mutually enhancing. As the poet turns inward, to observe the workings of his mind, his writing becomes more self-aware: producing its own greatness by reference to other poems. Kubla Khan, written the previous November, had enacted the same dual process, but Coleridge's influence is not so specific that it can be pinned down. What matters in this case is not the chronology of change so much as compatibility, despite difference, of the writers.

Keywords:   Coleridge, Wordsworth, Alfoxden house, Nether Stowey, Milton, Kubla Khan

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