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The Examiner was an uncompromising journal edited by Leigh Hunt, a close friend of John Keats and Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The journal began in 1808 and lasted to 1821, and included literary criticism and politics. The journal reflected Hunt’s reformist opinions and his sympathy for Irish independence and Catholic emancipation, to the extent that the government made a number of attempts to prosecute and silence the paper.
This review of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Christabel; Kubla Khan, A Vision; The Pains of Sleep concentrates almost entirely on ‘Christabel’. Of ‘Kubla Khan’ little is said other than that it is unfinished, and the reviewer is very critical of ‘Christabel’, which he describes as ‘toothless’. There are worthy aspects noted – ‘a great deal of beauty both of thought, imagery and versification’ – but overall ‘the effect of the story is dim. Obscure and visionary’, and the printed poem suffers from the omission of meaningful parts which were already known from manuscript versions of the poem in circulation.
Dr Seamus Perry considers the composition and publication history of Kubla Khan, and explores how Coleridge transforms language into both image and music.
Dr Stephanie Forward explains the key ideas and influences of Romanticism, and considers their place in the work of writers including Wordsworth, Blake, P B Shelley and Keats.
Dr Seamus Perry describes the origins of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and considers how Coleridge uses the poem to explore ideas of sin, suffering and salvation.
A poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), published 1816. Coleridge composed ‘Kubla Khan; Or, A Vision in ...