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Lines On An Autumnal Evening
LINES ON AN AUTUMNAL EVENING was composed by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1793. The poem, rewritten throughout Coleridge's life, discusses nature and love. As Coleridge developed and aged, the object of the poem changed to be various women that Coleridge had feelings toward. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Poems * 3 Themes * 4 Critical response * 5 Notes * 6 References BACKGROUNDThe poem, originally called Absence: A Poem describes Coleridge's moving to Ottery in August 1793 but claimed later in life that it dated back to 1792. The poem was addressed to a girl he met during June, Fanny Nesbitt, and is connected to two other poems dedicated to her: "On Presenting a Moss Rose to Miss F. Nesbitt" and "Cupid Turn'd Chymist". The poem was later published in a Dorset newspaper. An early draft of Lines: On an Autumnal Evening was titled An Effusion at Evening, Written in August 1793. Effusion was dedicated to Mary Evans and expressed his feelings for her
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Coleridge's Theory Of Life
Romanticism grew largely out of an attempt to understand not just inert nature, but also vital nature. Romantic works in the realm of art and Romantic medicine were a response to the general failure of the application of method of inertial science to reveal the foundational laws and operant principles of vital nature
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William Collins (poet)
WILLIAM COLLINS (25 December 1721 – 12 June 1759) was an English poet . Second in influence only to Thomas Gray
Thomas Gray
, he was an important poet of the middle decades of the 18th century. His lyrical odes mark a turn away from the Augustan poetry of Alexander Pope's generation and towards the Romantic era which would soon follow. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Legacy * 3 Works * 4 Editions * 5 References * 6 External links BIOGRAPHYBorn in Chichester
Chichester
, Sussex
Sussex
, the son of a hatmaker and former mayor of the town, he was educated at The Prebendal School , Winchester and Magdalen College, Oxford
Magdalen College, Oxford
. While still at the university, he published the Persian Eclogues (1742) which he had begun at school. After graduating in 1743 he was undecided about his future
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Pain
PAIN is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli, such as stubbing a toe, burning a finger, putting alcohol on a cut, or bumping the "funny bone ". Because it is a complex, subjective phenomenon, defining pain has been a challenge. The International Association for the Study of Pain 's widely used definition states: " Pain
Pain
is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage." In medical diagnosis, pain is regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition. Pain
Pain
motivates the individual to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect a damaged body part while it heals, and to avoid similar experiences in the future
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Lucy Newlyn
LUCY NEWLYN (born 1956) is a poet and academic, who is Emeritus Fellow in English at St. Edmund Hall , University of Oxford , having retired as professor of English Language and Literature there in 2016. Newlyn is a specialist in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century poetry. CONTENTS * 1 Life and career * 2 Work * 3 Poetry * 4 Selected publications * 5 References LIFE AND CAREERLucy Newlyn was born in 1956 in Kampala , Uganda . She grew up in Leeds , where she attended Bennett Road Primary School and Lawnswood High School , winning an open scholarship to read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford , in 1974. She took up her Oxford place in 1975 and graduated with a Congratulatory First in 1978. Her D.Phil. thesis, supervised by Dr Roy Park, was later published as an Oxford English Monograph by Oxford University Press . While working on her doctorate, she held a series of temporary lectureships in various Oxford colleges
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To Bowles
"TO BOWLES" was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and published in the 26 December 1794 Morning Chronicle as part of the Sonnets on Eminent Characters series. William Lisle Bowles 's poetry was introduced to Coleridge in 1789 and Bowles had an immediate impact on Coleridge's views of poetry. The sonnet celebrates Bowles's status as a poet. The poem also discusses Bowles's political beliefs, as these views also help shaped Coleridge's ideas on government and politics. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Poem * 3 Themes * 4 Notes * 5 References BACKGROUNDBowles had an important part in Coleridge's early poetry; he served as a model Coleridge. This influence can be traced to when Coleridge was given a copy of Bowles's Sonnets, Written Chiefly on Picturesque Spots, During a Tour in 1789. Later, Coleridge dedicated a poem to Bowles in order to praise him. The poem "To Bowles" was the seventh of his Sonnets on Eminent Characters series
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To Pitt
"TO PITT" was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and published in the 26 December 1794 Morning Chronicle as part of the Sonnets on Eminent Characters series. Describing William Pitt the Younger and his role as Prime Minister of Great Britain, the poem is one of the few in the series that is not about a hero of Coleridge. Instead, Pitt is described as Judas, the betrayer of Christ, because of, among other issues, his treatment of political dissidents. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Poem * 3 Themes * 4 Notes * 5 References BACKGROUNDDuring the end of 1794, Coleridge began work on the series Sonnets on Eminent Characters which he dedicated to people he respected. The first, "To Erskine", was printed on 1 December in the Morning Chronicle, and was followed by 10 further sonnets. "To Pitt", printed on 23 December, was the sixth in the series and was Coleridge's attempt to write a poem contrary in nature to the earlier poems
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To Godwin
"TO GODWIN" or "TO WILLIAM GODWIN" was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and published in the 10 January 1795 Morning Chronicle as part of the Sonnets on Eminent Characters series. William Godwin was admired by Coleridge for his political beliefs. However, Coleridge did not support Godwin's atheistic views, which caused tension between the two. Although the poem praises Godwin, it invokes an argument that the two shared over theological matters. After the poem was written, the relationship between Coleridge and Godwin cooled and the poem was not reprinted. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Poem * 3 Themes * 4 Notes * 5 References BACKGROUNDColeridge's "To William Godwin, Author of Political Justice" became the ninth sonnet in the series Sonnets on Eminent Characters in the 10 January 1795 Morning Chronicle
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To Kosciusko
"TO KOSCIUSKO" is the name shared by three sonnets written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge , Leigh Hunt , and John Keats . Coleridge's, the original, was written in December 1794 and published in the 16 December 1794 Morning Chronicle as the fifth of his Sonnets on Eminent Characters series. Hunt and Keats were inspired to follow his poem with their own versions (under the same title) in November 1815 and December 1816, respectively. The sonnets were dedicated to heroism of Tadeusz Kościuszko , leader of the 1794 Polish rebellion against Prussian and Russian control CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Poem * 2.1 Hunt\'s version * 2.2 Keats\'s version * 3 Themes * 4 Notes * 5 References * 6 External links BACKGROUNDTowards the end of 1794, Coleridge began writing a series of sonnets called Sonnets on Eminent Characters. The first sonnet, "To Erskine", was printed on 1 December in the Morning Chronicle, and 10 more sonnets followed
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To Mrs Siddons
"TO MRS SIDDONS" was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and published in the 29 December 1794 Morning Chronicle as part of the Sonnets on Eminent Characters series. It describes Sarah Siddons , an actress that Coleridge became fond of during his visits to London during college. The poem celebrates watching Siddons perform her various roles on stage. It is uncertain as to the actual authorship of the poem, since it was attributed to Charles Lamb in various works. It is possible that Lamb and Coleridge worked on the poem together, and it would represent one of Lamb's earliest works. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Poem * 3 Themes * 4 Notes * 5 References BACKGROUNDMrs Siddons, as Coleridge refers to her, was an actress that he became aware of during his college years. In his letters to his childhood friend Mary Evans, Coleridge would mention various performances that he witnessed when he would slip into London
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To Priestley
"TO PRIESTLEY" is a sonnet by Samuel Taylor Coleridge first published in the 11 December 1794 Morning Chronicle . Like most of the Sonnets on Eminent Characters , "To Priestley" addresses an individual Coleridge particularly admired; Joseph Priestley held many political and theological beliefs that Coleridge adopted during this time. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Poem * 3 Themes * 4 Notes * 5 References BACKGROUNDColeridge completed "To Priestley" at the beginning of December 1794. Following "To Burke", " To Priestley
To Priestley
was published in the 11 December 1794 Morning Chronicle as the third poem in the Sonnets on Eminent Characters series. The poem was later included in Coleridge's 1796 collection of poems and collections printed after with few changes. After a mob burned Priestley's Birmingham house during the summer of 1791, he left England for America
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Sonnets On Eminent Characters
SONNETS ON EMINENT CHARACTERS or SONNETS ON EMINENT CONTEMPORARIES is an 11 part sonnet series created by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
and printed in the Morning Chronicle between 1 December 1794 and 31 January 1795. Although Coleridge promised to have at least 16 poems within the series, only one addition poem, "To Lord Stanhope" was published. The poems have been moderately received and emphasized for what they reveal about Coleridge's political and philosophical feelings during his early years. Within the poems, he praises 10 individuals that he treats as his heroes along and denounces two people that he feels have turned against their country and liberty. The sonnet series has been compared to John Milton
John Milton
's addressing of sonnets to his own contemporaries in both the types of individuals chosen and the style of composition
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To Erskine
"TO ERSKINE" or "TO THE HON MR ERSKINE" was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in November 1794. The subject of the poem is Thomas Erskine , a lawyer and member of the Whig party that successfully served in the defense of three political radicals during the 1794 Treason Trials . Coleridge admired Erskine's defense and praised Erskine's refusal to accept money for his service. The poem was published in the 1 December 1794 Morning Chronicle as part of the Sonnets on Eminent Characters series. It was later included in various collections of Coleridge's poetry published later. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Poem * 3 Themes * 4 Notes * 5 References BACKGROUND"To Erskine" was first published in the 1 December 1794 Morning Chronicle
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To Burke
"TO BURKE" is a sonnet by Samuel Taylor Coleridge first published in the 9 December 1794 Morning Chronicle . Unlike most of the Sonnets on Eminent Characters , "To Burke" describes a person whom Coleridge disagreed with; he felt Edmund Burke abused the idea of freedom within various speeches and turned his back on liberty. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Poem * 3 Themes * 4 Notes * 5 References BACKGROUNDAfter Coleridge's sonnet "To Erksine" appeared in the 1 December 1794 Morning Chronicle, Coleridge submitted another sonnet "To Burke" and gave it the title " Sonnets on Eminent Characters NO II". The poem was first published in the 9 December 1794 Morning Chronicle and was included in Coleridge's 1796 collection of poems with a note that criticized Burke for taking a government pension
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To Southey
"TO SOUTHEY" or "TO ROBERT SOUTHEY" was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and published in the 14 January 1795 Morning Chronicle as part of his Sonnets on Eminent Characters series. Robert Southey became a close friend of Coleridge during the summer of 1794 and the two originally formed a plan to start an ideal community together. Although the plan fell apart, Coleridge dedicated the poem to his friend and emphasized Southey's poetic abilities. Following the poem, Coleridge further drifted from Southey and the poem was not republished. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Poem * 3 Themes * 4 Notes * 5 References BACKGROUNDColeridge first met Southey when Coleridge was about to tour Wales during the summer of 1794. They shared similar political views and the two bonded immediately. Together, they established a plan to create a community run by the ideas of Pantisocracy , a system that would emphasize agriculture and communal living
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