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Wordsworth, Coleridge, and 'the language of the heavens'

Thomas Owens


This book explores some of the exultant visions inspired by Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s close scrutiny of the night sky, the natural world, and the domains of science. It examines a set of scientific patterns drawn from natural, geometric, celestial, and astronomical sources which Wordsworth and Coleridge used to express their ideas about poetry, religion, literary criticism, and philosophy. It establishes the central important of analogy in their creative thinking. Analogies prompted the poets’ imaginings in geometry and cartography, in nature (representations of the Moon) and natural histor ... More

Keywords: astronomy, analogy, mathematics, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, imagination, science, philosophy, religion, poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198840862
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198840862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Owens, author
University College London

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