The Aeolian Harp Background

The Aeolian Harp Background

A seminal work in Coleridge’s canon, The Aeolian Harp is a poem that was written in 1795. It was published in 1796. This is essentially a "conversation poem".

This poem explores the possibilities of Coleridge’s marriage and what it could bring in his life. However, this poem must not be confused with a love poem. It is a traditional romantic poem that explores the theme of man’s union with nature.

This deals with the duality of “order and wildness”. The central idea and a recurrent motif is the harp, that represents a multitude of ideas. This poem also explores the idea of divinity in nature. It was essentially one of Coleridge’s most celebrated poems and was loved by critics and readers alike.