Study Guide

Dejection: An Ode Calling Card

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The Feels of Nature

We've set it elsewhere, but it's worth repeating that Coleridge was a major figure on the British Romantic scene. That doesn't mean that he was into flowers and heart-shaped candy boxes. It was more like he was into resenting his wife and taking opium. When it came to poetry, though, the Romantics put a premium on the importance and influence of emotion, as well as our connections with the natural world. You can see these themes throughout "Dejection: an Ode," and you can also find them in other Coleridge poems like"Frost at Midnight", "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", and "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison." Check 'em out.

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