How does Samuel Taylor Coleridge's work differ from William Wordsworth's? Wordsworth was more interested in supernatural forces. Wordsworth's works are simpler and easier to read. Coleridge's poems tend to be set in exotic locations. Coleridge did not identify his work as romantic.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge is often discussed in association with his peer,
William Wordsworth. This is due in part to their friendship and joint
ventures on works such as Lyrical Ballads. Although he is often
“paired” with his counterpart Wordsworth, there are several differences
in Coleridge’s poetic style and philosophical views. Coleridge’s poetry
differs from that of Wordsworth, and his association with Wordsworth
overshadows Coleridge’s individual accomplishments as a Romantic poet.
In addition, Coleridge’s poetry complicates experiences that Wordsworth
views as very simple and very commonplace. Samuel Taylor Coleridge has a
poetic diction unlike that of William Wordsworth, he relies more
heavily on imagination for poetic inspiration, and he also incorporates
religion into his poetry differently. Coleridge’s different views,
combined with his opium addiction, led to an eventual breach in his
friendship with Wordsworth – a friendship that had begun in 1797.