How does Coleridge refute Wordsworth's 'Theory of Poetry'?

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I would not characterize Coleridge's stance on Wordsworth's theory of poetry as a refutation.  I think that he is a willing and zealous supporter of both of their ideas.  Coleridge's contributions to the Lyrical Ballads collection represents this.  In seeing how Coleridge composes poems such as "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" to the collection, it becomes evident that he is not refuting Wordsworth's stances and ideas, but rather embracing them himself, seeking to participate in giving them voice.  The "Preface" to the volume that outlines Wordsworth's theories and ideas to what poetry should be, of what it should detail, and how it should be read and understood are elements that Coleridge helped draft as well as embody in his own work.  There seems to be little to indicate that ant any point in his writing career Coleridge distanced himself from these ideas.  Rather, he embraced them as much as Wordsworth did, helping to carve and establish his own identity based on what was outlined in the Preface section to Lyrical Ballads.

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