Coleridge, Southey & Fricker Sisters

22nd May, 2016

22 Fai, 2016

Times still to be confirmed

Starts | Dechrau: 19:30pm

Ends | Diwedd: 21:30pm

Mixed activity event

Digwyddiad gweithgarwch cymysg

Beaufort Arms Hotel

Beaufort Square, Chepstow, NP16 5EP

in the Beaufort Arms

We'll be visiting the Beaufort Arms Hotel – which is where Coleridge, Southey, Fricker sisters and Cottle dined and had the famous argument…

An evening gathering - time to be confirmed shortly.

Dr. Greg Leadbetter from the Friends of Coleridge will give a talk:
Poetry, Politics and Portents: Coleridge and the Waters of Plynlimon
on Coleridge's journey around Wales in 1794

Tomorrow morning early I set out on a pedestrian scheme for Oxford—from whence after a stay of three or four days I proceed to Wales, make a tour of the Northern part & return to Cambridge. So Coleridge wrote to his fellow student Samuel Butler in mid-June, 1794. Coleridge was travelling with another university friend, Joseph Hucks, who would publish an account of their tour the following year. In this lecture, I'll describe how the tour became a medium for Coleridge’s self-dramatisation and, more obliquely, the drama of self-disclosure, where past behaviour and future hopes are held in tension, enacting a restless present as heady and effervescent as it is uneasy. Politics, sexuality, poetry, and the characteristics of Coleridge’s own mercurial persona occupied his correspondence from the tour. His mind freshly energised with the opportunity to realize himself, Coleridge was on the look-out for symbolic significance in his experiences—reading both society and landscape for signs. This quality—of feeling for the destiny he desired, with one eye on the darkness of his own psychological history—gives Coleridge’s record of the tour its curiously portentous moment. And this has a bearing on a biographical mystery regarding his excursion to Wales, on which I shall try to shed some fresh light.

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