Coleridge and 18th Century Poetry Descriptive Essay by writingsensation

Coleridge and 18th Century Poetry
A look at how Samuel Taylor Coleridge rebelled against 18th century neo-classical poetry.
# 74706 | 1,328 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses and analyzes the work of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and explains how he rebelled substantively against Neo-classical 18th century poetic formalistic and moral traditions. The paper further points out that Coleridge was instrumental in ushering in a new era of Romantic British poetry and that he greatly influenced later British Romantics like Keats, Shelley and Byron, as well as later poets of the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Additionally, the paper points out that it was Coleridge who originated blank verse in poetry and that his work had an impact modern and post-modern poetry as well.

From the Paper:

"As for subject matter, 18th century Neo-classical tradition generally concerns itself with moral values; social realities, and mainstream experiences, within not only works like Pope's The Rape of the Lock (1816), but others like Wordworth's Tintern Abbey (1798). Compared against such neo-classical works, Coleridge's Kublai Khan (1816) and Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798) make use of descriptions of the sublime through nature; of sexuality, and of the unconscious, themes largely unexplored within 18th century British Neo-classical poetry."

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