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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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Text: An Interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Studies, Volume 10

W. Speed Hill - Literary Collections - 1998 - 448 pages
...Now, from a post,Newtonian and post-empiricist position, it is very easy for us to argue against 18 "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, by...
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Textual Transgressions: Essays Toward the Construction of a Biobibliography

David C. Greetham, Distinguished Professor David Greetham - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 602 pages
...components of the national interest. We are all familiar with the Coleridgean definition of the poet: "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 " Mark Rose, Authors and Owners; Margreta...
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Tragic Thoughts at the End of Philosophy: Language, Literature, and Ethical ...

Gerald L. Bruns, Professor Gerald L Bruns - Literary Criticism & Collections - 1999 - 299 pages
...('This is simply what I do").7 As Coleridge said, "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 to the other."8 So an inquiry into the conditions that make poetry possible will henceforward require...
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The Just and the Lively: The Literary Criticism of John Dryden

Michael Werth Gelber - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 342 pages
...forward to what in the Biographia Literaria Coleridge held to be the proper definition of the ideal poet: The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity... He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity... by that synthetic ... power, to which we have exclusively...
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The Cambridge Companion to Coleridge

Lucy Newlyn, Professor of English Lucy Newlyn - Biography & Autobiography - 2002 - 268 pages
...Christabel cannot be cleansed. Coleridge maintained his faith in Schiller's ideal of the schone Seele: The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity' (BL ch. 14). But in a fallen world, where perfection waits to be realised, the notion of intention...
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Michael Oakeshott on Hobbes: A Study in the Renewal of Philosophical Ideas

Ian Tregenza - Philosophy - 2003 - 232 pages
...[4] Cf. Coleridge, ch.14, Biographia Literaria: 'What is poetry? is nearly the same question with, what is a poet? that the answer to the one is involved...images, thoughts, and emotions of the poet's own mind.' From Selected Poetry and Prose of Coleridge (random House, 1951), ed. D. Stauffer. questions — all...
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Creative Writing and the New Humanities

Paul Dawson - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2005 - 254 pages
...form of his passion. He argued 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...images, thoughts and emotions of the poet's own mind' (173). While the imagination had tended to be seen as a faculty which the poet could employ for his...
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Literary Theory and Criticism: An Oxford Guide

Patricia Waugh - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2006 - 598 pages
...question with "what is a poet?" ', declares Coleridge in chapter 14 of his Biographia Literaria (1817), 'that the answer to the one is involved in the solution of the other.' Coleridge goes on to define the poet 'in ideal perfection' in terms of his ability to unify, balance,...
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The Scholar's Art: Literary Studies in a Managed World

Jerome J. McGann - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 239 pages
...that promise by looking at a passage everywhere taken as exemplary of a Romantic idea of authority: and modifies the images, thoughts, and emotions of the poet's own mind. A poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity, with the subordination...
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Romanticism After Auschwitz

Sara Emilie Guyer - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 364 pages
...("Preface to Lyrical Ballads," 1: 138) Coleridge: "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. . . . The poet described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity, with the...
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