Poetry 2011 / Volume 42

Coleridge and Wordsworth’s Gang — Ann Struthers

Coleridge, scholar, was reading Spinoza, so when Walsh, reliable spy sent by the Home Office, quizzed locals, “Who? Why? tramping about? taking notes on the sly!” Coleridge found out and renamed him Spy Nozy. Suspicious “Sett of Violent Democrats gathered around Tom Poole, surely a gang,” Walsh reported. Poole’s and Coleridge’s names were known as … Continue reading