Shears, JR (2019) 'Old Men - and Women - May be Permitted to Speak Long': Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Voice of Experience. Romanticism, 25 (3). pp. 249-260. ISSN 1354-991X

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This article explores the complications involved in speaking from a position of seniority and experience in the life and work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It goes beyond the familiar caricatures of Coleridge as a garrulous old man, perpetuated by the likes of J. B. Priestley and Max Beerbohm, to address his self-consciousness in securing a listener, drawing comparisons and contrasts with the ‘Old Maid’ Miss Bates in Jane Austen's Emma. The article then pursues the theme of listening to elderly voices in verse from different periods of Coleridge's career including ‘The Old Man of the Alps’, ‘Youth and Age’ and ‘An Old Man's Sigh’. It argues that the biological affects of ageing on the voice often need to be understood as adjustments or compensatory behaviours arising from specific social situations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 'This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Edinburgh University Press in Romanticism. The Version of Record is available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ageing, voice, garrulousness, Old Maid
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2018 10:51
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2019 15:31

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