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The Wordsworth-Coleridge Association 2019

The Wordsworth-Coleridge Association is sponsoring a lunch and a scholarly session at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago, January 3-6, 2019.

The lunch will begin with a cash bar at 11:30 a.m., and the main course served about noon on Friday, January 4, at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 1 West Grand Avenue.
This event is co sponsored by the John Clare Society of North America. The lunch is open to members and non members of the Association and the MLA. All are welcome to attend.
Advance reservations are requested by December 30. Please remit $35 per person, payable by check or credit card through our web page:

Session 469: Romantic Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water
Saturday, January 5, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Grand Suite 5, Hyatt Regency Chicago

Program arranged by the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association
Presiding: James McKusick, University of Missouri–Kansas City

1. “Romantic Continent-Elements: The Divine Fire from Africa,” Paul Cheshire (independent scholar)
2. “Streaming Wordsworth; or, Romantic Hydrography,” Jacob Risinger, Ohio State University, Columbus
3. “Wordsworth’s Undaunted River Duddon,” Ralph Pite, University of Bristol
4. “Of Ice and Men: American Romantics in Antarctica, 1840,” Gillen D’Arcy Wood, University of Illinois, Urbana

Humphry Davy

Free online course:'Humphry Davy: Laughing gas, literature and the lamp'

Free online course (MOOC) starting 29 October 2018 - Open to all
Produced by Lancaster University and the Royal Institution of Great Britain

The MOOC is intended for anyone with an interest in Humphry Davy, or early-nineteenth-century literature, science, or history. It will explore some of the most significant moments of Davy's life and career, including his childhood in Cornwall, his work at the Medical Pneumatic Institution in Bristol and the Royal Institution in London, his writing of poetry, his invention of his miners' safety lamp, and his European travels. The course will also investigate the relationships that can exist between science and the arts, identify the role that science can play in society, and assess the cultural and political function of science.

The course will start on 29 October 2018, and will run for four weeks. Learners will typically spend three hours per week working through the steps, which will include videos (filmed on location at the Royal Institution), text-based activities and discussion, and quizzes. Learners will be guided at all stages by a specialist team of Educators and Mentors. It's entirely free to participate, and no prior knowledge of Davy is required.

Sign up today at

If you have any questions, please direct them in the first instance to the Lead Educator, Professor Sharon Ruston (

Sheet Music Luke Lewis

Musicians! Coleridge song settings

Attached are atmospheric song settings by composer Brian Blyth Daubney for three poems by Hartley Coleridge and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. There is a PDF score for each and mp3 files with the voice part played by a violin.

Hartley Coleridge: Until she smiled on me; Young friend, thou yet art young
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: In a moonlight wilderness

Click here to view the music scores

Click here for the mp3 file

Brian Blyth Daubney was born in 1929 in Lincolnshire. He has been editor, and later chairman, of the British Music Society. Until his retirement in 1982 he was Principal Lecturer in Music at the Simon de Montfort University in Leicester. After retirement he was an Examiner for the London College of Music until 1999. Now, fully retired, he devotes his time to writing music and poetry. Amongst his works are over 200 songs, mainly for voice and piano.

To find out more about the composer  visit his website

Allston smal

Online links to Coleridge texts

Poet, philosopher, activist and radical thinker, Coleridge is unique among English poets. He was fascinated by everything from religious doctrine to chemistry, and his ideas are as relevant now as they were in his own time, and inspirational for us today. To reflect the huge range of his thought and writings we are gradually including links to his lesser-known writings. You'll find them under the Poetry and Prose tab.


Writing The West: Literature & Place. An online course

This free online course offers learners the opportunity to explore the work of four writers or groups of writers from the Romantic & Victorian era with strong links to Bristol and the South West. The course covers Bristol’s Romantic poets (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Lovell, Robert Southey), Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, and Thomas Hardy).

To find out more and enrol visit