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Wordsworth, Coleridge, and 'the language of the heavens'

About the Author

Tom Owens

Tom Owens's research interests lie predominantly in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. His first book, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and ‘the language of the heavens’ (OUP, 2019) explored some of the exultant visions inspired by William Wordsworth’s and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s analogical imaginations. It examined the scientific patterns that the poets discovered in the world as they came to understand consciousness and cognition through highly self-conscious acts of invention, and includes chapters on: geometry and cartography; nature (representations of the Moon) and natural history...

Oxford University Press
  • -Explores the range and vitality of the Romantic imagination by uncovering the scientific structures which inspired poetic, religious and philosophical thinking
  • -New readings of canonical poetry
  • -A fresh perspective on the interconnections between literary thinking and scientific inquiry in the period