The Friendship Wordsworth and Coleridge [download] AUTHOR Adam Sisman


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  1. says:

    This is a well written well researched dual biography Sisman places them in the context of the eventful political and social times and

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    Most scholars of the Lake Poets read about Wordsworth and his perspective of the events in his celebrated literary friendship with Coleridge Unfortunately Wordsworth biographers usually glorify WW at the expense of STC especially as his opium addiction makes it very easy to criticize SRC's failures at the expense of the sage of Dove Cottage However Richard Holmes's two volume biography while the best we'll ever have on STC perh

  3. says:

    There is to this book than a consideration of one famous friendship It succeeds in giving us a look at the idea of friendship as well as how it has been transformed over the last two centuries There is also much

  4. says:

    Sisman balances both scholarship and story and Wordsworth and Coleridge's lives in a way that allows for an intricate and readable portrait As someone who knows uite a bit about the lake poets and has read several biographies recently I probably enjoyed this book less than it deserves Overall its focus on friendship grounds the wor

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    A biography of the friendship between William Wordsworth Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the less well known Robert SoutheyThe book opens with the French Revolution and its influence on the youthful Coleridge and Southey who dreamt up a political vision they called Pantisocracy rule by all as euals that involved a communist property system no sla

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    During the early idyllic stage of their friendship Wordsworth and Coleridge spent long days wandering around in the natural beauty of the English countryside deep in discussion Talking for miles and miles they covered philosophy and the nature and purpose of poetry then interrupted those thoughts to make note of some particular aspect of their surroundings—images of flowers leaves light or clouds that they used to t

  7. says:

    Full disclosure I pretty much skimmed this book But then coming in at well over 400 pages it's clearly written for true W and C fans a group whi

  8. says:

    This book was my companion for the better part of six months perhaps longer It became clear early on that Sisman’s prose was thoroughgoing providing plenty of context for Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s relationship I was going to have to take it in small doses as one might one might though not Coleridge unfortunatel

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    Interesting examination of the friendship between two seminal English poets Wordsworth who later became somewhat conservative was a firebrand in his youth who supported the French Revolution despite societal disapproval Coleridge was mercurial somewhat unreliable and a drug addict Still these two had a very close relationship even publishi

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    Although I am not much of a poetry reader and the only poem of Wordsworth I really know is the one about the daffodils I am a lover of history and I enjoyed this dual biography of the two men and their inspiring to each friendship a friendship that came at great cost one of themAdam Sisman is a very good writer and brings to life this nineteenth century friendship and the emotions and relationships and letter writing of the times

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The Friendship Wordsworth and Coleridge

95 when both were in their early twenties and in the euphoria of mutual discovery these brilliant and idealistic young men planned a poem that would succeed where the French Revolution failed a poem that would uite literally change the world In this wonderfully lively and readable account acclaimed author Adam Sisman explores th During the early idyllic stage of their friendship Wordsworth and Coleridge spent long days wandering around in the natural beauty of the English countryside deep in discussion Talking for miles and miles they covered philosophy and the nature and purpose of poetry then interrupted those thoughts to make note of some particular aspect of their surroundings images of flowers leaves light or clouds that they used to turn their philosophical insights into poetry Accompanying them was Dorothy Wordsworth s lively devoted sister who was something of a writer herself The three of them spent days and weeks almost continually in each other s company Wordsworth and his sister moved across the country just so they could live within walking distance of Coleridge and even then they often slept over in each other s homes talking deep into the night There was no rivalry or reserve As Coleridge explained it they were three people but one soul Later things went out of balance Coleridge s abundant praise of Wordsworth s brilliance seemed to sap his own ability to write Compounding this was his growing addiction to opium which was considered a medicinal not a dangerous drug The dazzling energy intelligence and perception of Coleridge s conversation amazed people but he went years without composing much of anything Wordsworth continued to write but his life became weighted down with family responsibilities Coleridge who had a spectacularly unhappy marriage felt that the adoration of Wordsworth s wife his wife s sister and Dorothy put blinders on Wordsworth s eyes and kept him from achieving his full measure of greatness The Recluse the lengthy philosophical poem Coleridge imagined for Wordsworth was never finished Wordsworth attempted parts of it and sought Coleridge s guidance for the rest but a falling out kept them apart and by the time Coleridge did write down his thoughts for Wordsworth it was long past the time when Wordsworth could take up such an all consuming project Neither man completed the poems they felt were their life works and they never were as close againThe sadness of this was mitigated for me by the fact that late in their lives they took one long ramble together They toured Belgium Germany and the Netherlands with Wordsworth s daughter Dorothy who was named after her aunt but called Dora to avoid confusion They no longer were one soul and they irritated each other sometimes but still Dora was able to report that the three of them got along delightfully This book begins with the early lives of Coleridge and Wordsworth before they meet including the time of the French Revolution whose ideals influenced both men and it continues until Coleridge s death in 1834 at the age of sixty one The portraits of the poets seem balanced each is presented as both talented and flawed and I found the book fascinating and moving

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Eir passionate and tempestuous bond and the way in which rivalry bred tension between them Though much has been written about this extraordinary duo no previous biographer has considered them together The result offers insights into the rich yet neglected topic of friendship and tantalizing glimpses of the creative process itsel Full disclosure I pretty much skimmed this book But then coming in at well over 400 pages it s clearly written for true W and C fans a group which doesn t include me I just picked it up on a whim because it was marked down and I have little or no impulse control where books are concerned In the general scheme of things my level of interest in Coleridge and Wordsworth is doomed to remain at a fairly modest threshold But this is certainly not Adam Sisman s fault this is a decently written reasonably engaging account of the relationship between C and W The level of detail certainly suggests Sisman has done his homework it s to his credit that he writes like a human being and not an academicWell OK I ll admit that I did have one ulterior motive when I bought this book I thought that maybe just maybe if I got the basics of Wordsworth s biographical details down it might just possibly help me overcome my complete aversion to his poetry It didn t I still think he s a whiny tree hugging miluetoast whose work manages to be both uninspired and uninspiring Finding out that he was also apparently an insufferable pompous jerk doesn t rehabilitate him I m than willing to be educated otherwise but for now I d have to say that Coleridge was the giant in this particular relationship both in terms of talent and generosity of spirit I d choose a session in the opium den with Coleridge and Deuincey over tea with the Wordsworths any day

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The story of the legendary friendship between Wordsworth and Coleridge The friendship between William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge produced dazzling results From it came Lyrical Ballads the volume that kick started the Romantic Movement in England Rarely have two such gifted writers cooperated so closely They met in 17 There is to this book than a consideration of one famous friendship It succeeds in giving us a look at the idea of friendship as well as how it has been transformed over the last two centuries There is also much about Wordsworth s relationship with his sister Dorothy also a friendship of great intensity We are reminded that one thing that hasn t changed in friendship is how easily it can be shattered by the play of egos Perhaps Coleridge summed up his with Wordsworth in Christabel Never either found another to free the hollow heart from paining

  • Hardcover
  • 512
  • The Friendship Wordsworth and Coleridge
  • Adam Sisman
  • English
  • 08 September 2017
  • 9780670038220

About the Author: Adam Sisman

Adam Sisman is the author of various biographies all well received by criticsHis first book published in 1994 was a life of Trevor Roper's colleague and rival AJP Taylor In 2006 Sisman published a much admired study of the friendship between Wordsworth and Coleridge He has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for BiographyAutobiography