The Lake Poets Literary Influences And Collaborations - Essay

Literary Influences And Collaborations

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

C. H. Herford

SOURCE: "Poetry," in The Age of Wordsworth, 1897. Reprint by G. Bell and Sons Ltd., 1930, pp. 146-284.

[In the following excerpt, Herford discusses the poetic styles of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Southey and comments on the influence that the three poets had on each other.]

[Wordsworth and Coleridge] were at once profoundly akin and strikingly different, and both their points of kinship and their points of divergence go to the heart of English Romanticism. It is therefore necessary to define these with some care. On a first glance the two men seem, physically and psychologically, of wholly different make. Wordsworth, a rugged...

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