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Module 1: Introduction to Samuel Coleridge

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Conversation poems overview

Characteristics of Coleridge's conversation poems

The term "Conversation poem" is a term Coleridge himself used (see 'The
Nightingale') and has come to refer to those poems in which the poet is
aware of the imagined or real presence of a loved one, and the poems are
partly addressed to these friends in a conversational tone, concerning the
poet's own feelings. Coleridge wrote that _the most interesting passages in
our most interesting Poems are those, in which the Author develops his own
feelings_.

The term "Conversation poem" itself relates to a phrase Coleridge had
used about an earlier English poet, William Cowper. At a time when he felt
that his own poetry was too forced, mannered and inflated, he had turned to
Cowper who had what Coleridge saw as a relaxed, informal, natural style. He
referred to Cowper's style as "divine chit chat", and tried to achieve it
these poems of blank verse - hence the phrase, "Conversation poems".

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