Coleridge's Conversation Poems lacked due attention from literary critics and scholars for ages. They are original compositions which have their sources in early poetic traditions of the 18th century. They manifest Coleridge's ability to experiment with traditional forms and introduce a new genre, which is more simple in style, while rich in philosophical and psychological depth. The unity between form and content, as seen in these poems, was a phenomenal occurrence in their time, while their spiral structure enables the poet to express his poetic thought with all its complexities. The poems expose the double facets of the poet's self as he wavers between opposite feelings and beliefs. Such inner conflicts involve confrontations between the Self and its Other, as well as inquiries about the true nature of the Self
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(2005).The spiral of the self: Coleridge's Conversation Poems [Thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
El Baz, Naglaa Mohamed. The spiral of the self: Coleridge's Conversation Poems. 2005. American University in Cairo, Thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.