Annual Wordsworth Lecture: 'What Did Wordsworth Make of Coleridge?', by Dr Seamus Perry

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Thursday 29 November 2012

6.00pm: The Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London

Image (Left): Samuel Coleridge by George Dance
Image (Right): William Wordsworth by Henry Edridge

Samuel Coleridge by George Dance William Wordsworth by Henry Edridge

Coleridge was the single most important influence on the great philosophical and autobiographical poetry for which Wordsworth is now famous. But how exactly did the influence work? How much did Wordsworth absorb from the thought of his charismatic friend and how much did he re-shape in his own image? This lecture will return to the earliest days of their intimacy to consider the play of ideas and languages between some of their most celebrated poems, including 'Frost at Midnight' and 'The Prelude'.

Seamus Perry is a tutorial fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and a Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust.  His interests lie principally in the field of English Romantic poetry and thought, especially Coleridge and Wordsworth, and in post-Romantic English poetry, especially Tennyson, Eliot, Auden, Larkin, and their circles. He also has an interest in the modern history of criticism, reflected in articles on A.C. Bradley, William Empson, F.W. Bateson, and M.H. Abrams. He is co-editor, with Christopher Ricks, of the journal Essays in Criticism: A Quarterly Journal of Literary Criticism (OUP), and the general editor of the new series, 21st-Century Oxford Authors  (OUP).  He is currently working on an edition of Arnold for the 21st Century Oxford Authors, editorial work on Empson's study of pastoral, and an edition of Coleridge's poems for Longman.

Free and open to all, and followed by a wine reception.  If you would like to attend please notify IESEvents@sas.ac.uk.

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