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Percy Shelley’s angry rejection of the poetry and politics of William Wordsworth is well known to literary critics and historians alike; indeed, it is often taken as indexical of the rupture, aesthetic as well as political, between the so-called first and second generations of Romantic-era British poets. In light of recent connections made between the Romantic poets and the new philosophical movement known broadly as Speculative Realism, it is now possible to reframe the rift between Wordsworth and Shelley in philosophical, specifically ontological terms. In this paper, I propose to explore the philosophical shift between these two canonical poets in terms of Quentin Meillassoux’s ideas regarding the two forms of what he calls “correlationism,” the post-Kantian philosophical dogma that we can have no access to things-in-themselves, only to the correlation between ourselves and things. Both Wordsworth and Shelley push against the limits of correlationism, I will argue – but only Shelley pushes so hard that, as Meillassoux’s theory predicts, Shelley finds himself on the other side of correlationism: in the realm of pure contingency, where there is no reason why anything should exist at all, and we are therefore liberated to speculate freely on all possibilities, including those of other worlds altogether.