HIGH AND LATER ROMANTICS: Coleridge and Shelley

The aim of this hypertext project is to compare and contrast a High Romantic poet, namely Samuel Taylor Coleridge, to Percy Bysshe Shelley's Later Romantic. More specifically, the focus of this site is to explore how the two poets' philosophies on imagination differ from one another's. Using excerpts from their prose works, Biographia Literaria and A Defence of Poetry, respectively, the purpose of this site is to serve as a medium through which their poetic philosophies may be directly linked to the poems they have written. Granted, this endeavor is most likely didactic and terribly unRomantic, but as much as possible, the goal of this site is to try to shed some light on the subject of the Romantic Imagination, and see how each poet's prose holds up against his poetry.