Essays in Romanticism

Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the Health of Air

Essays in Romanticism (2019), 26, (2), 211–225.

Abstract

This article addresses literary engagement with the late eighteenth-century phenomenon of “healthy air,” and medical writers’ advice on improving or “choosing” the air. Drawing on contemporary medical and social texts on respiration and the environment, such as those by Anthony Willich and Bryan Cornwell, this article focuses on literary texts including Coleridge’s “The Nightingale” and “Frost at Midnight,” Erasmus Darwin’s The Economy of Vegetation, as well as Wordsworth’s Prelude.

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Hammond, Elsa