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Treatment of Nature by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge had vastly different writing styles as well as opinions of the material they treated in their writing. One of the primary differences between the two is how each treats nature in his work. Wordsworth, in his self-proclaimed writing like the common man, often expresses a nostalgic appreciation for nature, as can be seen in “Tintern Abbey”. On the other hand, Coleridge’s character, the mariner from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” scorns nature and only learns to respect it, not necessarily to love it. Coleridge treats the supernatural far more than Wordsworth, and it is debatable as to whether or not his frequent use of opium contributes to this tendency. Overall, it stands to reason…show more content…

Nature, to him, was a raw form of pleasure in his younger days and he often enjoys reminiscing on a more innocent time in his life. Coleridge’s message about Nature is conveyed through his narrator, the mariner, in the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Whether or not Coleridge shared his opinion is questionable, but the moral of the poem seems to imply, somewhat half-heartedly, that nature is only worthy of respect, not admiration. Coleridge’s tone throughout the poem implies distaste toward nature. For example, toward the beginning of the poem, the narrator says, “the ice was here, the ice was there, the ice was all around: it cracked and growled, and roared and howled, like noises in a swound!” (lines 59-63). Indeed, three of the four verbs attributed to the ice are very natural words: growled, roared, and howled. These words are read menacingly, as if even the inanimate ice posed a threat in its connection with nature. Sixty lines later, a very similar stanza describes the cruelly ironic water, and he says “water, water, every where… nor any drop to drink” (lines 118-122). Clearly the mariner resents something in nature enough to shoot down the Albatross which gave his crew fair sailing. Bearing the curse of the bird, he can only prosper again when he appreciates the “happy living things”

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Critical Analysis of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Critical Analysis of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge spearheaded a philosophical writing movement in England in the late 18th and early 19th century. Although Wordsworth and S.T. Coleridge are often considered the fathers of the English Romantic movement, their collective theologies and philosophies were often criticized but rarely taken serious by the pair of writers due to their illustrious prestige as poets. The combined effort in the Lyrical Ballads catapulted their names into the mainstream of writers in 1798 and with this work; they solidified their place in English literature. Although, most people fail to note that the majority of Coleridge's and Wordsworth's work…show more content…

Lyrical Ballads by Wordsworth was the piece of work that established him as an accomplished poet. The work was considered a collaboration between Wordsworth and Coleridge but was originally published anonymously. A lot had been made of their friendship where each would comment on each other?s poetry but it must also be noted that Coleridge was in dire need of money. He had hoped to travel to Germany to study and when the book was published, and it helped to pay for his trip.
In the Advertisement of Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth says the following about the content of his work:

The majority of the following poems are to be considered as experiments. They were written chiefly with a view to ascertain how far the language of conversation in the middle and lower classes of society is adapted to the purposes of poetic pleasure. Readers accustomed to the gaudiness and inane phraseology of many modern writers, if they persist in reading this book to its conclusion, will perhaps frequently have to struggle with feelings of strangeness and awkwardness: they will look round for poetry, and will be induced to enquire by what species of courtesy these attempts can be permitted to assume that title. It is desirable that such readers, for their own sakes, should not suffer the solitary word Poetry, a word of very disputed meaning, to stand in the way of their gratification; but that, while they are perusing this book, they should ask themselves if it contains a

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