Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron

  • Richard Beckman


Beckman notes that Wordsworth and Coleridge disagree on the place that charm has in poetry. Wordsworth associates charm with poetic diction, which he disdains. Its charms are factitious. Charm is found in everyday persons and places. Coleridge finds charm in the supernatural and the hallucinatory. His ancient mariner, with his tale of a quasi-supernatural voyage, both charms the wedding guests, while he is himself charming. Blake, Shelley, and Byron as well have idiosyncratic views on what charm is.


Does charm belong in poetry? 

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Beckman
    • 1
  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

Personalised recommendations