Coleridge Cheat Sheet

Coleridge Cheat Sheet - Samuel Taylor...

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) "The Eolian Harp" (page 426) I. There is no particular meter or rhyme scheme, the stanzas are divided in odd places, not typical of any particular pattern or style. The breaks between stanzas seem to separate realistic accounts and fantastic ones. His descriptions go from more worldly in the first stanza to a hypothetical account in the second, back to descriptions of warmth and light, etc. The sentences do not stop at the end of each line, they often continue on through two or three lines of the poem. The poem flows quite smoothly and it is melodious even though it does not rhyme. This flow and melody correspond to the idea of the harp that is presented in the piece. It is a musical instrument that creates "long sequacious notes" much like the words of the poem. II. It is well known that Coleridge's frequent drug use influenced his writing greatly. It is safe to assume that the more outlandish aspects of this poem may have been due to said drug use. It is also said that Coleridge's poems were quite popular with female crowds, therefore the love story feeling about this poem may have been created to cater to the ladies. The poem seems to be directed at a woman named Sara, and all of the vivid accounts of fantastic experiences and illusions are meant for her ears only. As an audience we are peering into a conversation that he has created between himself and another character, but it was meant for crowd entertainment. Coleridge and Wordsworth worked in close proximity for many years, yet "The Eolian Harp" takes on a more whimsical style than most of Wordsworth's poetry. I don't think this poem is commenting on any certain historical period or event, however it could easily be biographical as it is a love story. III. Coleridge offers many visual descriptions within this poem which lead me to believe that it takes place in the summer time. He makes statements like "To sit beside our cot, our cot o'ergrown with white-flowered jasmine, and the broad-leaved myrtle" so he is discussing plant life and they are obviously spending time outside. The poem was composed at Clevedon, Somersetshire but that does not necessarily mean that is where it is set. That is the best clue, however, that Coleridge gives as to a specific setting. The love story aspect also makes me think of a summer love, so taking place in the summer time makes sense for this particular piece. The setting tells us that the speaker and the woman he is addressing are in love, or at least toying around with the notion of love. There are religious aspects present as well, which makes it appear that the natural setting is not only heightening his sense of companionship but also his religious senses. He says "And biddest me walk humbly with my God. Meek daughter in the family of Christ!" which shows us that the setting is bringing him to a different spiritual level as well as an emotional one. IV. The argument that Coleridge seems to be making in this poem is not so much a
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ENGL 121 taught by Professor Martinez during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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