“A Logic of Its Own”: Repetition in Coleridge’s “Christabel”

1 University of California, Irvine.

2 University of California, Irvine.

Abstract

This essay argues that Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s notoriously disjointed poem “Christabel” displays a consistent concern with repetition: thematically, formally, and psychologically. By looking at the pervasiveness of echoes, I show how “Christabel” produces a coherent exploration of repetition, first in terms of paralysis, and later in terms of creativity.

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Copyright © Debra Channick, 2008

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