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The Eolian Harp Summary & Analysis
by Samuel Coleridge

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"The Eolian Harp" is a blank verse poem written by the English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Coleridge began writing the poem in 1795 and continued revising it through 1828. An eolian harp is a type of stringed instrument that produces music whenever wind blows across it and causes its strings to vibrate. Many Romantic poets used the image of the wind and the harp as a metaphor for poetic inspiration and imagination. Coleridge's poem likewise uses the eolian harp as a metaphor for poetic creation, but the speaker rejects the Romantic image when it clashes with more orthodox Christianity.

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