Hartley Coleridge Criticism - Essay

Eleanor A. Towle (essay date 1912)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Hartley Coleridge as a Poet,” in A Poet's Children: Hartley and Sara Coleridge, Methuen and Co., 1912, pp. 273-86.

[In this brief overview of Coleridge's poetry, Towle notes the influence of the Romantics on his work. Nature and memories of childhood are major themes in Coleridge's writing, according to Towle, and the majority of his poems are addressed to children.]

It is not surprising to find that Hartley Coleridge's poems, collected by his brother Derwent, published in 1851 with a prefatory Memoir, and again recently reissued with some additions in the “Muse's Library,” though rich in fancy and felicitous diction, are often the meditative records...

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Eleanor A. Towle (essay date 1912)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Hartley Coleridge's Prose,” in A Poet's Children: Hartley and Sara Coleridge, Methuen and Co., 1912, pp. 287-97.

[In the following essay, Towle praises the “robustness and vigour” of Coleridge's biographical sketches, noting his careful and diligent attention to form. The essay also reviews Coleridge's other prose works, including Essays and Marginalia.]

Selected passages from poems can give but an inadequate, if not misleading idea, of poets whose range and modes of utterance differ as widely as the flight and song of birds. It is even more difficult to convey a true impression of voluminous prose writings by means of extracts.


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Sister Mary Joseph Pomeroy (essay date 1927)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Poetical Influences,” in The Poetry of Hartley Coleridge, Catholic University of America, 1927, pp. 9-30.

[In this biographical and critical article Pomeroy traces the influence of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and their Romantic philosophy on Hartley Coleridge's life and writing.]

The poet child of a poet father, Hartley Coleridge is an interesting exception to the generally acknowledged rule that genius is not inherited.1 Hartley Coleridge had poetical genius—a genius, perhaps, which did not attain perfect fulfilment, but which enabled him, none the less, to write some poems worthy to take their place among the lasting contributions to English...

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Earl Leslie Griggs (essay date 1929)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Literary Work,” in Hartley Coleridge: His Life and Work, University of London Press, 1929, pp. 179-205.

[This chapter of Coleridge's biography focuses on both his poetry and prose. Griggs notes that Coleridge's poetry, although it falls short of the genius exhibited by his father, overflows with “human emotion.” The discussion of Coleridge's prose includes a section on Northern Worthies, the author's collection of biographies.]


The poets whose names glorify English literature rise above their contemporaries because their poetry is more than a momentary effusion. It is of course a moot question whether a poet...

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Herbert Hartman (essay date 1931)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Poems (1833),” in Hartley Coleridge: Poet's Son and Poet, Oxford University Press, 1931, pp. 101-15.

[In this critical overview of Poems,Hartman notes the technical skill of Coleridge's sonnets, remarking on the strong influence Wordsworth had on the younger poet.]

Poems: (Songs and Sonnets) by Hartley Coleridge, issued by Bingley at Leeds early in 1833,1 is the slender octavo volume upon which rests the poetic reputation of the son of S. T. C. ‘Some writers’, the author wrote a decade later, ‘maintain a sort of dubious, twilight existence, from their connection with others of greater name. … If aught of mine...

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Judith Plotz (essay date 1986)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Childhood Lost, Childhood Regained: Hartley Coleridge's Fable of Defeat,” in Children's Literature, Vol. 14, 1986, pp. 133-61.

[This essay begins with a brief sketch of Coleridge's life, then moves on to provide a reading of “Adolf and Annette,” a hitherto unpublished fairy story by the author. Plotz contends that this tale is an allegory of growing up in general and of Coleridge's own “romantic rearing in particular.”]

From all accounts “Li’le Hartley,” “poor Hartley” Coleridge, eldest son of Samuel Taylor and Sara Coleridge, was the most beguiling child anyone had ever seen.1 Yet the pathetic story of his life, from...

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