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Module 1: Coleridge The Eolian Harp

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English - Sara

Sara

There is good reason to believe that Coleridge himself would intend this
section of the poem as a compliment to Sara who seems to express or
represent the acceptable sentiments of the day, being a genuinely 'MEEK
DAUGHTER IN THE FAMILY OF CHRIST' (l.53). Modern critics might argue,
however, that Coleridge has constructed Sara here as very prissy and object
to that very construction, because it sets himself up as the more
interesting character.

Certainly many critics have seen this section of the poem as demonstrating
conventionality in the face of the earlier, more daring statements. For
these critics, the sense of oneness Coleridge felt in ll.44ff is discarded
for an intellectual impotence in ll.54ff.

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