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differentiate between fancy and imagination as proposed by coleridge.

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Posted March 15, 2010 at 11:28 AM via web

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differentiate between fancy and imagination as proposed by coleridge.

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Posted March 15, 2010 at 11:22 PM (Answer #1)

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S.T.Coleridge brilliantly depicts the word-picture of imagination and fancy in order to draw a demarcating line between these two aspects in the chapter-13 of his Biographia Literaria. He talks about two types of imagination-primary and secondary. Primary imagination is something that is there in every human being because it is the living power of human perception. secondary imagination is concurrent with primary imagination but it functions in a different mode and degree and has the power to re-create, which is a characteristic of the poets.

Fancy is a form of memory and it functions only at the stage when it is blended with the sense that we call 'will'.

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