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" What is poetry? — is so nearly the same question with, what is a poet? — that the answer to the one is involved in the solution of the other. "
Biographia literaria; or, Biographical sketches of my literary life and opinions - Page 451
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 1848 - 804 pages
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Slected Essay in Criticism

...clearly on the famous passage on the imagination at the end of Chapter x1v of the Biograpbia, beginning, 'The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity . . .' Professor Wellek has said some hard things about this,13 but even its 'random eclecticism' cannot...
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Literary Education: A Revaluation

James Gribble - Education - 1983 - 182 pages
...imply an activity on the part of the reader which in some sense corresponds with that of the poet. 'The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity.'14 The critic, described in ideal perfection, is one who can elucidate and, hopefully, prompt...
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Shelley and the Sublime: An Interpretation of the Major Poems

Senior Research Fellow Angela Leighton, Angela Leighton, Percy Bysshe Shelley - Literary Criticism - 1984 - 195 pages
...in the Biographia Literaria that the question: 'What is poetry? is so nearly the same question with, what is a poet? that the answer to the one is involved in the solution of the other.'22 The singer of Keats's death in this stanza is the poet as representative of poetry, 'Who...
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Philosophical Approaches to Literature: New Essays on Nineteenth- and ...

Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English William E Cain - Literary Criticism - 1984 - 257 pages
...this passage himself, for his own purposes, in his essay on Andrew Marvell's poetry of "wit" in 1921: The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity. . . . He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity, that blends, and (as it were) fuses, each into each,...
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Biographia Literaria, Or, Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life ..., Part 1

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Literary Criticism - 1984 - 409 pages
...preparing to concentrate on poetic language, inserts here (Chapter 14) the famous paragraph that states: "The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity . . . [blending and fusing through the imagination] the general, wi'h the concrete; the idea, with...
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Coleridge's Submerged Politics: The Ancient Mariner and Robinson Crusoe

Patrick J. Keane - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 419 pages
...ideal perfection, to bring the whole soul of man into activity" (BL II 15-16)? The "poetic genius . . . sustains and modifies the images, thoughts, and emotions of the poet's own mind" (BL II 15), but the whole soul comes into play. Even if exclusion, or "privatizing" evasion, of all...
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Theory as Practice: A Critical Anthology of Early German Romantic Writings

Jochen Schulte-Sasse, Haynes Horne - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 479 pages
...definitively and affirmatively than the Romantic Coleridge, according to whom the poetic genius . . . brings the whole soul of man into activity, with the subordination of its faculties into each other, according to their relative worth of dignity. He diffuses a tone, and spirit of unity,...
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Electronic Text: Investigations in Method and Theory

Kathryn Sutherland, Professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism Kathryn Sutherland - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 245 pages
...Literary Imagination. Special Issue on Editing the Imagination. ed. Tom Quirk. 29 (1996(. 53-74. 31. 'The poet. described in ideal perfection. brings the whole soul of man into activity, . . . He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity. that blends. and (as it werel fuses earh into each. by...
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Selected Writings of Richard McKeon, Volume Two: Culture, Education, and the ...

Richard P. McKeon - Philosophy - 1998 - 362 pages
...to be a manifestation of the powers of a poet. "What is poetry? is so nearly the same question with, what is a poet? that the answer to the one is involved in the solution of the other."" In his analysis of Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis in chapter 15 of the Biographia Literaria he distinguishes...
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The American Renaissance Reconsidered

Walter Benn Michaels, Donald E. Pease - History - 1989 - 208 pages
...knowledge and religion as well" (AR 31). Recall that in the fourteenth chapter of the Biographia Literaria, the poet "described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity" through the "power" of "imagination," which "reveals itself in the balance or reconciliation of opposite...
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