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Module 1: Introduction to Samuel Coleridge

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English - Systolic rhythm

Systolic rhythm

Coleridge critic, Albert Guerard, in an important essay 'The systolic
rhythm: the structure of Coleridge's Conversation poems', coined the term
"systolic rhythm" to refer to the structure of these poems. The term refers
to the notion that the Conversation poems move like the beat of a heart -
systole and diastole - contracting and expanding as the poet wanders to and
fro between his concrete, immediate self and the wider world.

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