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Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters

Coleridge's Dejection Ode

Authors: Mays, J. C. C.

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  • Reevaluates the position of Wordsworth in “Dejection: An Ode” and its political statement
  • Clarifies Coleridge’s concepts of “imagination” and “dejection”
  • Examines the second half of Coleridge’s career and his changing style
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Coleridge's Dejection Ode completes J.C.C. Mays’ analysis of Coleridge’s poetry, following Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner (Palgrave 2016) and Coleridge’s Experimental Poetics (Palgrave 2013). "Dejection: An Ode" stands alone in Coleridge's oeuvre: written at a time of personal crisis, it reaches far back and deeply into his thinking in an attempt to find a poematic solution to ideas and problems he had mulled over for a long time. Mays reveals how the poem also marks the opening of the second half of Coleridge's career as both poet and thinker. In three central chapters Mays examines the new style that evolved in the process of writing the Ode: the technical means of metrics, rhyme and grammar; language and allusion; and symbol and structure. He recounts the complex, sometimes controversial critical history of the Ode, and suggests an editorial solution to the problem created by the Letter to Sara Hutchinson; re-evaluates the position of Wordsworth in the poem apropos the political statement it makes; clarifies the distinction between the views on Imagination expressed and those contained in Biographia Literaria; and traces the links of the concept "dejection" as it underpins Coleridge's late poems.

 


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J.C.C. Mays is Professor Emeritus of English and American Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland.

 

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“J. C. C. Mays provides a comprehensive interpretation of Coleridge’s ‘Dejection Ode,’ elucidating the poem as a bold aesthetic statement that would frame the future of Coleridge’s literary career. Through his lifelong study of Coleridge’s poetry, Mays has become highly adept at articulating the subtle nuances and unspoken implications of Coleridge’s writing, while he remains averse to premature closure in the quest for critical understanding. This important study offers fascinating insights and actively engages the reader in its process of discovery.” (James C. McKusick, University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA, author of Green Writing: Romanticism and Ecology (2000) and President of the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association) 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Coleridge's Dejection Ode
Authors
Series Title
Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04131-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04131-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04130-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 281
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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