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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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‘The Language of my Former Heart’: Coleridge's Letter to Sara Hutchinson, April 1802

‘The Language of my Former Heart’: Coleridge's Letter to Sara Hutchinson, April 1802

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(p.59) 3 ‘The Language of my Former Heart’: Coleridge's Letter to Sara Hutchinson, April 1802
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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/9780199242597.003.0004

This chapter examines the complex framework of echoes, allusions, and cross-references that hold the poem together, seeming at one and the same time to assert a connection with the past and to suggest that this has been dissolved. Though offering a close reading, and mainly following the poem's own structure, the chapter pursues associations where they lead, in the hope of understanding what Coleridge called that subtle Vulcanian Spider-web Net of Steel — strong as Steel yet subtle as the Ether … in which my soul flutters inclosed with the Idea of Sara's.

Keywords:   Echoes, allusions, cross-references, poem, Coleridge

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