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Revisionary GleamDe Quincey, Coleridge and the High Romantic Argument$
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Daniel Sanjiv Roberts

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237945

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313936

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The Pains of Growth: Language and Cultural Politics

The Pains of Growth: Language and Cultural Politics

(p.113) 4 The Pains of Growth: Language and Cultural Politics
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This chapter shows that Thomas De Quincey's early encounter with Lyrical Ballads indicates his awareness of the politico-linguistic implications borne by this collaborative work, and that De Quincey's thinking on language runs along similar lines to those rehearsed for him by Wordsworth and Coleridge. It traces De Quincey's early engagement with the politics of language through his later writings on the subject of language and of ‘poetic diction’ despite the transformations effected by his later movement to a conservative poetics under the continued influence of Wordsworth. It is also shown that despite the greater credit De Quincey pays to Wordsworth, it is Coleridge's example which is more important for his thinking on language, and ultimately bears fruit in his tacit adoption of Coleridge's important and influential conception of ‘culture’ in his late essay on ‘Language’ for Hogg's Instructor (1851).

Keywords:   Thomas De Quincey, Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth, Coleridge, politics of language, poetic diction, culture

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