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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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‘A Strong Confusion’: Coleridge's Presence in The Prelude

‘A Strong Confusion’: Coleridge's Presence in The Prelude

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(p.165) 7 ‘A Strong Confusion’: Coleridge's Presence in The Prelude
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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/9780199242597.003.0008

Wordsworth's triumph in The Prelude rests not just on his inability to write The Recluse, but on his refusal to do so. And if he succeeds in asserting his independence, he must accept the guilt involved. This chapter looks at the various complications to which this guilt gives rise. Arguing further, that there are, in effect, two Coleridges in The Prelude: one mythologized beyond recognition, and needed by Wordsworth to support the values of his past; the other more flawed and human, but used by him merely as a foil. By looking at them in detail, the chapter hopes to establish that The Prelude — is in fact a solitary quest, to which friendship itself is finally irrelevant.

Keywords:   Wordsworth, The Prelude, The Recluse, guilt, Coleridge, friendship

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