By Harold Bloom, Janyce Marson
Coleridge's poetry usually overshadows the brilliance of the opposite varieties of writing he selected to pursue. His serious paintings unearths a wealth of profoundly delicate observations and a prophetic imaginative and prescient of compelling authenticity. research a few of his works and poetry, together with Kubla Kahn, and his idea of secondary mind's eye. This identify, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a part of Chelsea apartment Publishers’ sleek serious perspectives sequence, examines the main works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge via full-length serious essays by way of professional literary critics. furthermore, this identify encompasses a brief biography on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a chronology of the author’s existence, and an introductory essay written by way of Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college.
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And when he ceased there lay the gleam Of those words upon his face. — —Percy Bysshe Shelley, letter to Maria Gisbome, 1820, ll. 202–208 John Sterling “Coleridge” () John Sterling (1806–1844), a little-known British poet, presents us with a lovingly crafted description of Coleridge as a gentle soul whose poetic powers never faltered, even when he grew old. ” QQQ Like some full tree that bends with fruit and leaves, While gentle wind a quivering descant weaves, He met the gaze; with sibyl eyes, and brow By age snow-clad, yet bright with summer’s glow; His cheek was youthful, and his features played General 39 Like lights and shadows in a flowery glade.
He loved to read old folios, and to make old voyages with Purchas and Marco Polo; the seas being in good visionary condition, and the vessel well stocked with botargoes. —Leigh Hunt, Autobiography, 1850, chapter 16 Thomas Carlyle () In Thomas Carlyle’s erudite analysis of Coleridge, he asserts that he desires to be generous to the poet, though he cannot support Coleridge’s impossible agenda of applying a form of “logical alchymy” in order to delve into a realm of knowledge reserved for God alone.
C. had been long, very long, in the habit of taking, from two quarts of laudanum a week, to a pint a day; and on one occasion he had been known to take, in the twenty-four hours, a whole quart of laudanum! This exceeds the quantity which Psalmanazar ever took, or any of the race of opium consumers on record. The serious expenditure of money, resulting from this habit, was the least evil, though very great, and which must have absorbed all the produce of Mr. ’s lectures, and all the liberalities of his friends.