The Troubadour Podcast

SMP #21 The Foster-Mother's Tale by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

September 29, 2019
The Troubadour Podcast
SMP #21 The Foster-Mother's Tale by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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The Troubadour Podcast
SMP #21 The Foster-Mother's Tale by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Sep 29, 2019
Kirk j Barbera
Show Notes

In this episode I will give you two extreme models of education. One is best represented in the tale of Petronilla and the other is best represented in that of #gretathunberg

A theme that runs throughout the 1798 Lyrical Ballads by Coleridge and Wordsworth is that of nature as educator for a child. In this poem—a fragment from a theatrical play by Coleridge—we see multiple viewpoints on education. One critical question we must answer is how much, if any, of the outside world and its social ills should a child know about?

Education, knowledge and moral upbringing were of paramount importance to many of the romantics. This is a key theme not only in Lyrical Ballads but in much of the philosophers of this time as well as literary writers such as Mary Shelley. This poem is a first in exploring important ideas in action of sibling affection, taboo and the morality imposed upon young children.



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