Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). Eolian harp, Women in literature, Femininity in literature
Focusing on Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Eolian Harp," this essay centers on the erasure and replacement of women's voices through descriptions of the environment and the common themes between the two. In many works of poetry and writing, women are compared to the natural world and vice versa. Though Coleridge's "The Eolian Harp" is categorized as a conversation poem, the dialogue of his wife, Sara Fricker, and any other feminized figures are omitted. Within this poem, one can see the environment and women's cohabitation being used to flatten their character, remove agency, and to place the male figures in the poem as inherently dominant. Through interlinking the feminine descriptions of the environment along with the roles assigned to women in the poem, I argue that Coleridge, while interested in the thoughts of women, does not allow them the same creative and representative force as other male intellectuals.
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Echternach, Eve, "A Soundless Feminine Representation: an Ecofeminist Reading of "The Eolian Harp"" (2020). University Honors Theses. Paper 888.