By Lucy Newlyn
Samuel Taylor Coleridge is likely one of the so much influential, and essentially the most enigmatic, of all Romantic figures. This Cambridge significant other does complete justice to the numerous points of Coleridge's existence and paintings. particularly commissioned essays specialize in his significant poems, his notebooks and the Biographia Literaria. consciousness is given to his position as talker, journalist, critic, and thinker, his politics, faith, and his modern and next recognition. A chronology and courses to additional analyzing whole the amount, making this an necessary consultant to Coleridge and his paintings.
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This surprisingly cogent work, prompted by contemporary arguments over Catholic emancipation and the proper place and purpose of the Church, conﬁrmed Coleridge’s stature as an inﬂuential conservative Anglican thinker. In 1822 Coleridge’s wife, and his daughter Sara, had visited Highgate, and Coleridge was impressed and enchanted by Sara’s beauty and formidable learning. She was to fall in love with Henry Nelson Coleridge, whom she thereafter joined in the self-imposed task of preserving her father’s work and talk for posterity.
In the Biographia he ridiculed the materialist account of the mind: consciousness is ‘a result, as a tune, the common product of the breeze and the harp’; and ‘in Hartley’s scheme the soul is present only to be pinched or stroked, while the very squeals or purring are produced by an agency wholly independent and alien’ (BL i, 117). Coleridge’s reservation about the ﬁgure of the breeze and the harp led him to reformulate the relation of the mind to nature. In an early version of ‘This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison’ he imagines his friend Charles Lamb looking at the landscape till all doth seem Less gross than bodily, a living Thing That acts upon the mind, and with such hues As cloathe the Almighty Spirit, when he makes Spirits perceive His presence!
The duality is tellingly imaged in a famous passage from the twelfth chapter of Biographia Literaria. Coleridge apologises for the abstraction and 19 Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 kelvin everest difﬁculty of his philosophical exposition by afﬁrming that philosophy is simply not a discourse equally available, accessible and interesting to all men. He then introduces a metaphor to illustrate the different orders of knowledge and understanding which may be brought to bear in the attempt to understand our experience: The ﬁrst range of hills, that encircle the scanty vale of human life, is the horizon for the majority of its inhabitants.
The Cambridge Companion to Coleridge (Cambridge Companions to Literature) by Lucy Newlyn