Coleridge, DeQuincey and Opium

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
How the writings of these writers, in the form of confessional essays for DeQuincey and elaborate, fantastical poems for Coleridge, offer great insight into what opium does to the creative mind.

“Thomas DeQuincey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were both completely addicted to opium throughout most of their respective careers. Their writings, in the form of confessional essays for DeQuincey and elaborate, fantastical poems for Coleridge, offer great insight into what the drug does to the creative mind. While there are many similarities between DeQuincey’s descriptions of the pleasures and pains of opium and some of Coleridge’s more blatantly opium induced poetry, there is a fundamental difference. While the effect of opium on the raw materials of these two minds is similar, the reactions of these two minds to opium is vastly different.”


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