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" The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity, with the subordination of its faculties to each other, according to their relative worth and dignity. He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity, that blends, and (as it... "
Biographia Literaria; Or, Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions - Page 451
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 1847 - 804 pages
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Essays in the Romantic Poets

Solomon Francis Gingerich - English poetry - 1924 - 276 pages
...their relative worth and dignity. He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity, that blends, and (as it were) fuses each into each, by that synthetic and magical...irremissive, though gentle and unnoticed, control, laxis efertur habenis, reveals itself in the balance or reconcilement of opposite or discordant qualities:...
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Essays in the Romantic Poets

Solomon Francis Gingerich - English poetry - 1924 - 276 pages
...to the view of the transcendentalist Coleridge when he speaks of the imagination as "first put into action by the will and understanding, and retained...irremissive, though gentle and unnoticed, control." Shelley's passages are as dissimilar to Coleridge's mature critical writings as they are similar to...
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Passionate Intelligence: The Poetry of Geoffrey Hill

E. M. Knottenbelt - Literary Criticism - 1990 - 418 pages
...their relative worth and dignity. He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity that blends and (as it were) fuses, each into each, by that synthetic and magical power to which we have exclusively appropriated the name of the imagination. This power first put in action by the...
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Coleridge and the Armoury of the Human Mind: Essays on His Prose Writings

Peter J. Kitson, Thomas N. Corns - Literary Criticism - 1991 - 128 pages
...data, a product of sensibility as the condition of a highly refined nervous system) was "first put into action by the will and understanding, and retained...under their irremissive, though gentle and unnoticed, controuT (BL 2: 12), he found it necessary to devote the whole of chapter 2 of the Biographia to denying...
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Voicing Creation's Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts

Jeremy Begbie - Religion - 1991 - 286 pages
...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 that synthetic and magical power, to which we have exclusively appropriated the name imagination. This power reveals itself in the balance or...
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Body Criticism: Imaging the Unseen in Enlightenment Art and Medicine

Barbara Maria Stafford - Art - 1993 - 587 pages
...the primary meaning. The poet "diffuses a tone and spirit of unity that blends, and, (as it \\ crc) fuses, each into each, by that synthetic and magical power, to which we have exclusively appropriated the name of imagination."154 Such saturated language, suggestive of...
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British Romantic Writers and the East: Anxieties of Empire

Nigel Leask - History - 2004 - 266 pages
...reflex of sense data, a product of sensibility as the condition of a highly refined nervous system, was 'first put in action by the will and understanding,...under their irremissive, though gentle and unnoticed, controul...' (BL n 16), he found it necessary to devote the whole of chapter 2 of the Biographia to...
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REAL Volume 8 (1991/1992), Volume 8

1992
..."wilful" induction, at least in its initial stages; such is the "magical power" of the imagination, which "first put in action by the will and understanding,...under their irremissive, though gentle and unnoticed, controul (laxis effertur habenis) reveals itself in the balance or reconciliation of opposite or discordant...
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Coleridge and Textual Instability: The Multiple Versions of the Major Poems

Jack Stillinger - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 272 pages
...in the penultimate paragraph, "diffuses a tone, and spirit of unity, that blends, and (as it were) fuses, each into each, by that synthetic and magical power, to which we have exclusively appropriated the name of imagination." There follows, then, a long list of opposite...
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The Passion of Meter: A Study of Wordsworth's Metrical Art

Brennan O'Donnell - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 290 pages
...described in ideal perfection] diffuses a tone, and a spirit of unity, that blends, and (as it were) fuses, each into each, by that synthetic and magical power, to which we have exclusively appropriated the name of imagination" (BL 2:i5-i6). The verse paragraph — and...
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