THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge Literary Criticism

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

In this essay L. Michelle Baker of The Catholic University of America provides an analysis of both The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Byron's Don Juan.
A scholarly article by Margaret Sonmez of the Middle East Technical University of Turkey investigating Coleridge's application of 'archaisms', literary devices that imbue a work with impressions of the distant past.

Christabel

An essay by Debra Channick of University of California arguing that in this poem Coleridge provides a coherent exploration of repetition in several forms.
In this essay Anne C. McCarthy assesses the dialogue between knowledge and stupidity in this poem, as well as Coleridge's conception of the sublime.

The Garden of Boccaccio

An academic article by Derek Furr, an Assistant Professor of English in the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program, analyzing this poem and Wordsworth's 'The Triad', especially in relation to their first publication in Charles Heath's Keepsake.

The Lyrical Ballads

An academic article by Joel Pace of the University of Wisconsin on the impact of this collection on American literary and social reforms. Pace mainly focuses on Wordsworth although there is some discussion of Coleridge's poems.

Kubla Khan

An essay by William L. Benzon applying recent intellectual developments in cognitive linguistics and other disciplines to an in-depth study of Coleridge's poem.
A paper by Reuven Tsur which evaluates various critical interpretations of the poem, distinguishes between symbol and allegory, 'Negative Capability' and the 'Quest for Certitude', and the nature of "ecstatic states". Tsur also addresses the work of Maud Bodkin, John Beer and others.
In this paper Reuven Tsur presents a close reading with analysis of several excerpts in an exploration of the texture and structure of Kubla Khan.