Publisher description for The poetry of relationship : the Wordsworths and Coleridge, 1797-1800 / Richard E. Matlak.


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Richard Matlak uses psychobiography to look at the writings of William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Dorothy Wordsworth. He examines the intimate relationship between the three writers for clues to their poems, providing a major reinterpretation of their canonical works based on psychological and intertextual contexts. The themes of romance, incest, guilt, and familial breakdown and reunion are especially scrutinized in the work and lives of these prominent figures. In particular, he gives long-overdue credit to Dorothy Wordsworth for her profound influence on her brother's major verse, and the effect their relationship had on the work of Coleridge, causing us to view all creative relationships in a new light.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 Friends and associates, Wordsworth, Dorothy, 1771-1855 Friends and associates, Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834 Friends and associates, English poetry 18th century History and criticism, Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834 Technique, Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 Technique, Wordsworth, Dorothy, 1771-1855 Technique, Poets, English 18th century Biography, Influence (Literary, artistic, etc, )Poetry Authorship Collaboration, Intertextuality