Week 2

What did I do?

Looked at the mediums of Paradigms

With a paradigm being a communal mindset – an intellectual discipline for viewing reality – during a certain time period, a paradigm is another classification for a period of time. There are different mediums of the paradigm of Romanticism. Economical: the romantics didn’t believe that money was as important other aspects of life. Religious: the romantics rejected organised religion (the church) and believed that God could be found in nature; and basking in his power. Philosophical: true human experience lay in nature, imagination and childhood memories – this was not accepted by all romantics. Scientific: romantics challenged the premise of the benefit of scientific advancements.

Personal and Workplace context of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In short, Coleridge was troubled from a young age as his father died when he was eight and he was enrolled in boarding school. He married in order to start a small commune in America, this was unhappy and he often lived away from his wife and four children. He attempted to follow his father’s career as a Vicar, when he was short of money. He was an unsuccessful soldier. From the late 19th Century onwards Coleridge and Wordsworth were close friends and partners. (Lyrical Ballads 1798) It is known that Coleridge was addicted to the painkiller, Laudanum (a mix of opium and alcohol), from 1800. He stopped writing verse after his brief falling out with Wordsworth and instead wrote essays on literature and philosophy. (Biographia Literaria, 1817)

Related Texts

The Scarlet Letter (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne as a related text, as it is a Romantic novel that outlines the struggle of a woman and the cruelness of the world. However, as it is set and written in America (set in Boston) comparing it to the literature of the European Romanticism may not be as fluent as necessary. It may be appropriate for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) as there is a focus on ‘The Outcast’, the main character.

Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Bronte may be appropriate, as may Tale of Two Cities (1860) by Charles Dickens, with Sydney Carton being almost as substance troubled as Coleridge was himself. I am more likely to use the latter option as I have already read it, however I will soon have more time opened up, so Wuthering Heights may also be accomplished.



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