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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In chapter 4 of the Biographia Literaria, Samuel Taylor Coleridge remarks on the distinction between fancy and imagination in the context of his attempts to understand and evaluate the works of...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020 11:50 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In addition to the examples they provide in their poetry, Wordsworth and Coleridge both set out extensive manifestoes for the principles on which their work was based, Wordsworth in the preface to...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2021 1:29 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There are many different supernatural elements in the poetry of Coleridge. Some reflect Christian beliefs, some reflect folk traditions, and some are fantastic elements grounded in his use of...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2017 10:03 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

This is a great question to think about, as both of these poems are famous for their Romantic poetry and their treatment of nature through their art. This of course most famously resulted in their...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2012 6:04 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

As Coleridge explains in Chapter XIV of Biographia Literaria, a good poem is a piece of writing the ultimate object of which is pleasure from individual parts as they are commensurate with the...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2010 12:27 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Coleridge is remembered for his theory of imagination as set forth in his book Biographia Literaria, a kind of literary memoir. Coleridge divided the imagination into two parts: primary and...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 1:26 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Coleridge's speaker laments the losses that come with age as the poem begins: "Verse, a breeze mid blossoms straying, Where Hope clung feeding, like a bee— Both were mine!" to establish that...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2017 10:58 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The poem "The Good, Great Man" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is in the form of a dialogue between two friends. It is important to point out that when they refer to a "good, great man," they are...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2021 8:04 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Romantic poets pushed back against the measured, even prose of the Neoclassical poets and against themes borrowed from the Classical period that focused on great men. They wanted to show the...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2019 12:47 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Specifically with reference to nature rather than to other things... I would say that both poems show that Coleridge likes nature but also sees that nature can be violent and dangerous. For...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2010 12:55 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge delivered his well-known statement against the slave trade on June 16, 1795, in an atmosphere decidedly unfriendly to abolitionists. Britain had a very strong anti-slavery...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2014 3:16 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The implications of Coleridge's definition is one that holds a great deal of empowerment for the performer in the creation of their art. Coleridge makes the argument that it is acceptable and...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2009 9:08 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Kubla Khan" and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" are similar in their lyrical qualities, their use of imagery, and their faux historical subject matter. They are different in their state of...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 12:20 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Verse, a breeze mid blossoms straying, Where Hope clung feeding, like a bee— Both were mine!" (1-3) Coleridge uses the simile of a bee to compare the way "hope clung feeding" to the blossoms in...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2012 5:30 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his work represented a movement away from the Enlightenment and toward the Romantic Period. As a Romantic poet, Coleridge contributed to a body of work that sought to...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 9:29 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge became a staunch advocate for social and political reforms. He particularly spoke out against "unchecked industrialism," arguing that an unregulated free-market would simply...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2014 7:08 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I certainly think that Coleridge's poem has many thematic elements associated with the Romantic Period. The stress on emotions over reason, and the lauding of personal feelings is a critical...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2009 12:11 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

After editing down the original question, I think that it should be noted that Coleridge's Romantic tendencies are evident in so much of his work. Being on the "ground floor" of the movement along...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2012 9:43 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It would be easy to dismiss the poetry of Coleridge as the product of a man whose mind was tortured by opium-inspired visions and nightmares. Certainly his poetry includes much focus on the...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2013 8:18 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

This is an often misunderstood notion of Coleridge and Wordsworth. Their oft-quoted description -- “the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotion, recollected in tranquility” – from the “Preface to...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012 1:49 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Given that Coleridge was, with Wordsworth, the actual definer of Romantic poetry (in Preface to Lyrical Ballads), with such utterances as “powerful emotion recollected in tranquility”, it comes as...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2013 1:11 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Wordsworth and Coleridge were born within three years of each other and had similar middle-class backgrounds and educations. As two of the founding fathers of Romanticism, they often had similar...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 7:57 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

According to Coleridge, he wrote Kubla Khan while under the influence of opium, although most critics believe that this claim, whether true or false, is inconsequential to appreciating the poem....

Latest answer posted May 4, 2010 12:58 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Two Coleridge poems immediately jump to mind that illustrate the idea that narrators are part of the dramatic description of the scene—and in both cases, the narrator's voice seems to reach out of...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019 8:21 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The work of David Hartley and his theories of association so influenced Samuel Taylor Coleridge that he named his son "David Hartley Coleridge." It is likely that part of the attraction of...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2012 9:20 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Coleridge can be seen as a pessimist in some sense, but in comparison with other writers of the same general period and especially somewhat later, this tendency is muted in his work. The first...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2018 3:14 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "The Nightingale" is written in iambic pentameter, a meter that fits the English language especially well, with some variations in the stanza-first lines and...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2010 1:53 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Both Coleridge and Wordsworth believed that poetry could do one of two things, either make the reader sympathize with the truths presented in the words by consistently presenting nature in its...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2014 12:11 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

At first consideration, it does not seem that Coleridge's ideas can support Shelly's because they address wholly different aspects of the poet's role. Coleridge's ideas focus on uniting poetic...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2012 7:16 pm UTC

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Given how Coleridge and Wordsworth literally write the book on Romanticism, it makes more sense to ask how other Romantic writers resembled he and his ideas. Coleridge's use of imagination and the...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2011 6:41 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Coleridge's idea of artistic creation functions as a synthesis. In fact, much of his discourse on the imagination and creativity involves an integration of parts to form a whole. In Chapter 14 of...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2014 6:07 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

By far the most interesting poem to discuss with regard to this prompt, in my opinion, is "Kubla Khan," which famously was a poem that was inspired by an opium dream that Coleridge himself had....

Latest answer posted December 1, 2013 7:49 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The original question had to be edited down. I think that the most dominant Romantic concept that is present in Colerdige's poem is the strong connection he displays with the natural world....

Latest answer posted January 27, 2013 12:32 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

All poetry is a mode of emotional knowledge. Poetry also records knowledge of how people looked at the world during the time it was written. In this case, Samuel Taylor Coleridge recorded his...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2011 9:57 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Coleridge's poetics, at least in one sense, mirrors the poetics of other romantic poets in that it emphasizes the perceiver as the subject of poetry. "Mariner" and "Kubla Khan" reflect this....

Latest answer posted April 24, 2010 3:19 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In this poem, the speaker contrasts his memories of youth with his awareness of his old age. In the second stanza, contrasting when he was still young to the present time, he calls his body this...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2021 3:04 am UTC

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