First Readings of The Semester

Posted: August 26, 2020 in Uncategorized


This is the first set of readings for the semester. I plan to begin discussing William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge during my first video lecture.  I will also provide optional texts by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge over on WordPress, but only to give the more adventurous of you something to explore.Wordsworth and Coleridge may be difficult read, either because of what they write or how they write it. That will be true of most everything we read throughout the semester.  I have no expectations that anyone will understand these materials perfectly on the first reading. At least some parts of them will be too challenging for that, though there is certainly fun and adventure to be had in accepting challenges. Do the best you can to make sense of them.  I will always to around to explain and answer questions.

A quick bit of advice: try not to lose the forest for the trees.  The details mattes, but they are just the individual brushstrokes that combine to create the bigger picture.  Try to get the broad overview because sweating the incidentals. Good luck! I hope to hear from you soon!

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William Wordsworth
(1770 – 1850)
Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1800)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(1772 – 1834)
Biographia Literaria (1817)
“Of The Imagination, or Esemplastic Power”

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