Daniel Sanders
Mrs. Welker
AP English Lit

Coleridge Activity

In Samuel Coleridge’s poem “The Eolian Harp,” he discusses various ideas such as nature, beauty, love and life by addressing the sound of an Eolian Harp.   As you read this piece of poetry, his personal philosophical beliefs are clearly presented.   His beliefs are infused into the poem and are the basis of everything he discusses in the poem.   The poem is his tool to convey his personal ideology and in turn, we receive a glimpse of what his relationship with his wife must be like.
In this poem, nature and love are the two central ideas that are addressed.   In the first stanza he describes the flowers around them saying “With white-flower'd Jasmin, /and the broad-leav'd Myrtle, (Meet emblems they of Innocence and Love!).”   Then he describes how they “watch the clouds, that late were rich with light…Serenely brilliant (such should Wisdom be)/
Shine opposite!”   His description of nature and the harp show how he thinks of nature and it is clear that he appreciates the beauty and serenity of nature.   This opinion about nature was one of the central ideas that Coleridge and Wordsworth strived to convey thru their poetry.   In every piece of literature they wrote they focused on writing in normal everyday language, writing with emotion and focusing on the power of nature.   In this particular poem, the first two stanzas are focused on these concepts.   By painting a beautiful scene where he and his wife are observing nature around them, Coleridge reveals his appreciation of nature and prepares the reader for the second stanza where he begins to talk about the Eolian Harp.  
In the second stanza, Coleridge introduces the reader to the Eolian Harp.   He describes the sound of the harp and how “its strings/Boldlier swept, the long sequacious notes/Over delicious surges sink and rise” and calls it a “A light in sound, a sound-like power in light/Rhythm in all thought, and joyance every where—“   To...