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“Wordsworth and Coleridge: In the Footsteps of Genesis”

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Langman, Peter Fabbri (American playwright, psychologist, 1960-____), “Wordsworth and Coleridge: In the Footsteps of Genesis,”

a 35-minute drama in English in several scenes, set in two sitting rooms in London, 1812,


; • © 2005 by Peter Fabbri Langman; • in Peter Fabbri Langman’s Wordsworth and Coleridge: In the Footsteps of Genesis (Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Peter Fabbri Langman, 18 South 25th Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104, U.S.A., e-mail peterlangman@yahoo.com, telephone (home) 610-740-9449, (work) 610-799-7777. • Cited by Peter Fabbri Langman via ftp December 8, 2005; Langman says,

§ Dramatis Personae William Wordsworth (m), 42, poet; Henry Crabbe Robinson (m), 40s, lawyer; Samuel Taylor Coleridge (m), 39, poet.

§ Synopsis “(Scene i) Wordsworth enlists Henry Robinson to negotiate between Wordsworth and Coleridge. (Scene ii) Robinson presents Wordsworth’s case to Coleridge. (Scene iii) Robinson reports having worked out a document that Coleridge has signed; resolving the conflict. As Wordsworth congratulates Robinson, Coleridge arrives. Robinson leaves. Shortly, Coleridge and Wordsworth escalate into a heated debate that airs many of the issues that have come between them.

§ Comment “Wordsworth and Coleridge, two of England's great poets, stayed close friends for fifteen years. Many factors, particularly Coleridge's drinking and opium addiction, eroded their friendship. The situation came to a head when Wordsworth, revealing Coleridge's secret addictions, persuaded a mutual friend not to let Coleridge meet with his family. This devastated Coleridge, who claimed that Wordsworth was abusing his reputation. Each of these scenes touches the history of this turbulent relationship and discloses complex emotions between the two men, with Wordsworth acting cool and precise, and Coleridge wallowing in a muddle of emotions. • The three scenes involve two different settings (Wordsworth's sitting room and Coleridge's sitting room).

§ Themes 1800s, addiction, biography, Coleridge (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, October 21, 1772-July 25, 1834), England, friendship, gossip, historical, opium, poetry, poet, Wordsworth (William Wordsworth, English poet, April 7, 1770-April 13, 1850).

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