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message 1: by Megen (new)

Megen I like the line about the eyeballs beating like pulses.

message 2: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin I am a 'serious' student of poetry and a poet, and this poem is my bible, and this poem will be at the core of me for the rest of my life.

message 3: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Grant I would disagree with you on the basis that Wordsworth was more consistent with works of excellent literary merit. I wish Coleridge wrote more poems as good as this, but he didn't.

message 4: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth O'Callahan I see and understand where you're coming from, but I love the tone Coleridge creates with his word choice. Just the sounds he uses creates atmosphere in a way I find (found! I remember thinking this 10 years ago when I was in college) Wordsworth misses. It felt more personal to me, more to the heart and less to the brain. Here's a stanza from The Aeolian Harp that first struck me with that quality. It makes me feel like I'm in the room with them, and enveloped in the deep calm of a summer evening:

My pensive SARA ! thy soft cheek reclined
Thus on mine arm, most soothing sweet it is
To sit beside our Cot, our Cot o'ergrown
With white-flower'd Jasmin, and the broad-leav'd Myrtle,
(Meet emblems they of Innocence and Love !)
And watch the clouds, that late were rich with light,
Slow saddenning round, and mark the star of eve
Serenely brilliant (such should Wisdom be)
Shine opposite ! How exquisite the scents
Snatch'd from yon bean-field ! and the world so hush'd
The stilly murmur of the distant Sea
Tells us of silence.

message 5: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Gabban I don't know if serious poetry students actually mocked you, but if they did, they would be idiots.

message 6: by Eric (new)

Eric Abraka The poems of Coleridge are fascinating to the mind but Wordsworth is still motivating based on his nature attribute.

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