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date: 14 August 2020

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This article examines the early poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge written between 1790 and 1796, focusing on his 1796 Poems on Various Subjects. It suggests that this 1796 work shows a disingenuousness in which naivety is being performed alongside self-assurance, and that it was organised so that maturity and adolescence alternate, and youthful love-verses sit alongside a politically committed public voice. The article discusses the changes in the tone of the poem when memory distracts Coleridge from the immediate scene.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Various Subjects, love-verses, public voice, poetry

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