What are the similarities of Wordsworth and Coleridge?

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Both William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were English Romantic poets. That being said, both poets adhered to the characteristics typical of the Romantic poet.

Romantics focused their works upon the following ideas:

1. Value of feeling over reason.

2. Highlighted both nature and imagination.

3. Wanted readers to look at the past through different lenses than before.

Both Wordsworth and Coleridge's works epitomized the importance of nature and free thought. After they met, both were highly influenced by the other. The impact of each's theology on the other changed each's writings to fit a more Romantic view of the world and of poetry.

Both poets focused upon the impact of nature and spirituality in life. The poetry, for each, was filled with imagery that reflected the importance of nature in man's life.

The poetry book Lyrical Ballads (1798) was a collaboration on the part of both Coleridge and Wordsworth.

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