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Ruth Abbott  (St John's College, Cambridge)
The Annotated Christabel Pamphlet
This talk will take participants to the rare books room at St John’s College to view a wonderful copy of the 1816 Christabel pamphlet annotated by Coleridge in 1819, and which was once owned by his son Derwent.
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Stephen Bygrave  (University of Southampton)
Repression or Retreat? Coleridge’s Poetry in the 1790s
This talk will return to some old questions signalled in the title by way of some new work on the question of how to read the products of Pittite repression.
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  • S. T. Coleridge, 'Effussion III.', Poems on Various Subjects (1796), 47.
  • S. T. Coleridge, Poems on Various Subjects (London: Robinson and Cottle, 1796).
  • S. T. Coleridge, Sonnets from Various Authors (Pamphlet, 1796), reproduction by Paul, M. Zall, 1968.
    Original title: [Sonnets.] Begin. I have selected the following sonnets from various authors for the purpose of binding them up with the Sonnets of the Rev. W. L. Bowles. [Twenty-eight sonnets selected with a preface by S. T. Coleridge.]
    Pamplet at Dove Cottage: MS 14/2
    British Library Photocopy: L.R.263.d.11
  • S. T. Coleridge, Poems (London: Cottle and Robinson, 1797).


Jeff Cowton  (Wordsworth Grasmere)
Coleridge’s Manuscripts at Dove Cottage: The Story of ‘Ode to Rain’
This talk explores Coleridge’s Manuscripts in the collections at Wordsworth Grasmere, especially the perfect story of the poem ‘Ode to the Rain’ (see Mays, Poem 280: ‘Lines Written in Bed at Grasmere’).
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Nora Crook  (Anglia Ruskin University)
Coleridge and Shelley: Wallenstein’s Speech in Shelley’s Poetry
Shelley was an admirer of Coleridge’s translation of Schiller’s Wallenstein, and in particular seems to have known the famous extract from Wallenstein’s speech on the death of Max Piccolomini. This paper examines how these moving lines ‘crop’ up in Shelley’s poetry.
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Mathelinda Nabugodi  (University College London)
The Tale of a Coleridge Exhibition
This talk on the recent exhibition, Poetry and Politics: Samuel Taylor Coleridge at Jesus College, explores the intellectual and common life of Jesus College during Coleridge’s time, and the traces his undergraduate studies left on his later life (and afterlives).
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Robin Payne  (Jesus College, Cambridge)
The Tale of a Coleridge Exhibition
This talk on the recent exhibition, Poetry and Politics: Samuel Taylor Coleridge at Jesus College, explores the intellectual and common life of Jesus College during Coleridge’s time, and the traces his undergraduate studies left on his later life (and afterlives).
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Chris Townsend  (St Andrews University)
A Semblance of Truth: Coleridge and the Way Things Seem to Be
This talk focuses on a rhetoric of semblance in Coleridge—how things appear or seem to be, versus how they really are—which, for Coleridge, developed out of his reading of British empiricism and German idealism. I focus on Coleridge’s lecture notes on Hamlet (and his reading of its line ‘Seems, Madam! I know not seems’) as well as his sonnet ‘Composed on a Journey Homeward’ (1796), to investigate the play of appearances and reality in Coleridge’s conception of poetic making.
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Maximiliaan van Woudenberg  (Clare Hall College, Cambridge)
Coleridge and Cambridge: Music, Poetry, and the Book Trade
Coleridge’s undergraduate years at Cambridge (1791–1794) are generally characterised as beginning with great scholarly promise only to spiral into disappointment. This talk presents a few examples of Coleridge’s lesser-known activities, including his ‘Cambridge verse’, his entry into the book trade, and the start of a musical legacy.
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Recommended Reading
  • S. T. Coleridge and Robert Southey, Title Page and Dedication, in The Fall of Robespierre, edited by Daniel E. White, Romantic Circles, March 2008.
  • Richard Holmes, 'Chapter 3 [Prodigal Son] and Chapter 4 [Pantisocrat] 59 Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804, (New York: Pantheon, 1989), pp. 39-89.
  • S. T. Coleridge, 'If I Had but Two Little Wings' [Music] by Charles Parry, performed by Quink Vocal Ensemble.


Last Updated: 2023-10-03 23:32:07