Visionary Moments in the Poems of the Romantics Analytical Essay by justallie

A comparative analysis of selected poems by Romantic poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and John Keats.
# 58232 | 967 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on May 03, 2005 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how the Romantic poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and John Keats all used poetry to chronicle visionary moments, or moments of clarity inspired by dreams or by nature, which reveal truths that would remain hidden in everyday life. It looks at how illustrations of such experiences can be seen in much of these poets' work, but is especially notable in Wordsworth's "Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known," Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and Keats's "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer."

From the Paper:

"While "Strange fits of passion have I known," with its pseudo-supernatural subject of a full moon foretelling ominous events, arguably contains a hint of the paranormal; Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is fairly drenched with matters of the supernatural, chronicling a voyage fraught with spiritual intervention of all types. Let us concern ourselves, however, with the first spirit that comes to visit the doomed ship's crew; which arrives in the form of an albatross. Arriving with a wind propelling them north after a storm sends the ship southward, the crew welcomes the sight of this bird as a benevolent spirit, which then continues to follow the ship."

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