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How does Samuel Taylor Coleridge resemble other Romantics?

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Given how Coleridge and Wordsworth literally write the book on Romanticism, it makes more sense to ask how other Romantic writers resembled he and his ideas.  Coleridge's use of imagination and the "other worldly" quality of the supernatural were all aspects of his thinking and work that resembles him to other Romantic thinkers.  The construction of a world that lies outside this one in "Kubla Khan" is an important work of Romanticism because it seeks to entice and engage the reader's imagination.  Rather than present a world that is predictable and conformist, Coleridge offers a world that probes through the reader's imagination.  Another example would be the moral and ethical implications of his poem, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner."  The albatross and the significance with it helps to reaffirm social order and the idea that what can be can be changed or transformed into what should be.  These ideas are ones that other Romantic thinkers after Coleridge embody and expand upon in the course of their work.

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