International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Studying the Images of the Wind and the Snake in S. T. Coleridge's Trio1 and “Dejection: An Ode”
Dr. Mutasem T. Q. Al-Khader

The images of the wind and the snake are essential components in Coleridge's set of imagery. The two images are related because the wind is a catalyst of the poet's imagination and creativity as is the image of the snake, which is an emblem of organic wholeness and unity. However, the wind is also used in Coleridge's poetry in its original sense—that is, as an element in nature. The same is true about the snake, which is often used as a representative of destruction because of its poisonous nature. The Trio and “Dejection: An Ode “were selected for the study of these images because they are among, if not the most famous, of Coleridge's poems. The paper also discusses the interpretation of the snake in sexual terms by certain scholars.

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