After being sent away to boarding school at the age of ten, he attended a lecture on science which piqued his interest in the properties of electricity, magnetism, chemistry and telescopes. He also hinted of a mysterious "alchemist" living in a hidden room in the attic. While attending the Eton school from tothe quiet, odd and reflective boy was taunted relentlessly by schoolmates. This generated in him extremes of anger, once even driving him to stab another boy with a fork.
Background[ edit ] Coleridge wrote in his notebook about Hutchinson and possible poems: The relationship between him and his wife was restarted and they had a daughter in December However, of the poems he intended to write about Hutchinson, he managed to complete one and an early draft was sent to her in a letter on 4 April There are many differences between the versions beyond the original being lines and the printed lines as they reflect two different moments in Coleridge's emotional struggle.
Also, passages describing his childhood and other personal matters were removed between versions. This date corresponding to Wordsworth's wedding to Mary Hutchinson and Coleridge's own wedding anniversary. Eventually, Coleridge cut himself off from Hutchinson and renounced his feelings for her, which ended the problems that resulted in the poem.
And still I gaze—and with how blank an eye! And those thin clouds above, in flakes and bars, That give away their motion to the stars; Those stars, that glide behind them or between, Now sparkling, now bedimmed, but always seen: Yon crescent Moon, as fixed as if it grew In its own cloudless, starless lake of blue; I see them all so excellently fair, I see, not feel how beautiful they are!
The poem continues by expression a state of poetic paralysis: It were a vain endeavour, Though I should gaze for ever On that green light that lingers in the west: I may not hope from outward forms to win The passion and the life, whose fountains are within.
The poem continues with the narrator hoping that the woman he desires can be happy: Wordsworth is introduced into the poem as a counter to Coleridge, because Wordsworth is able to turn such a mood into a benefit and is able to be comforted.
However, Coleridge cannot find anything positive in his problems, and he expresses how he feels paralyzed by his emotions. This source of their paralysis was Coleridge's feelings for Hutchinson and problems dealing with his marriage.
Partly, these feelings were fueled by his inability to accept his opium addiction and other problems. The poems also contain Coleridge's desires for Hutchinson, but these were later removed from the printed edition of the works.
The editions are so different that they reflect the conflict and division that Coleridge felt during The tone of the poems are different, as the original was passionate and emotional, and the printed version was organized and philosophical. This is primarily true of the original version, but many of the personal elements of the poem continue over into the published version.
The trimming of the poem allows for Coleridge to emphasize the most important poetic aspects of the original and to create a separation of the form from the subject area which allows for a strong incongruity not in the original.
Coleridge's views on dejection and inability to find a positive in such feelings is connected to Wordsworth's Expostulation and Reply. The poem's describing about nature and unable to enjoy natural scenes anymore is connected to the inability to see nature in the same way as previously possible within Wordsworth's Immortality Ode.
The language swirls upwards and downwards from a studiously conversation opening [ It is by this startling contrast of the formal and the informal that the poem lives, and for just this reason there can be no doubt of the superiority of the final version".
The movement of the verse in the first version is swift and spontaneous, a true letter, and the tone is simultaneously exalted and self-pitying; while in 'Dejection' the verse is cunningly shaped into eight irregular stanzas, and the outpouring of grief is carefully controlled and led into a climax of joy and blessing.
The first version overwhelms the reader with its intimacy, its torrent of lament and letting-go, which is both shocking and compulsive. The final version holds the reader in an act of high, rhetorical attention, around the proposition that external nature cannot heal the poet as Wordsworth believed it could whose own powers are failing [ It is richer in, and closer to, those irrepressible sources of imagery which fill his Notebooks and private correspondence:The redrafting of this poem with the help and encouragement of Siegfried Sassoon, whom Owen met while convalescing in Edinburgh’s Craiglockhart Hospital in August , marked a turning point in Owen’s life as a poet.
Romantic Poets: Differences. First generation: 1. linked to the English reality (lake district) 2 simple and spontaneous language 3. concern with simplicity and humble people 4. Nature: seen as a reassuring-calming presence with which the .
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