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Book Title: Samuel Taylor Coleridge|
Date of issue: March 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9781604138092
The author of the book: Harold Bloom
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.25 MB
Edition: Blooms Literary Criticism
Read full description of the books Samuel Taylor Coleridge:A passage I am working to understand:
"Colderidge's imaginative severity, his heightened sense of poetic limites, gives us a stricter argument and a more confined image. The movement breaks at only one pole, man's because the movement can emanate out only from man. For: "...we receive but what we give, And in our life alone does Nature live"
Out of the soul alone eddies the mysterious element-of elements, self-creating joy, to borrow John Clare's phrase. Joy, the Imagination itself, the great I Am, the word of primal creation, issues forth at light, a glory, a fair, luminous cloud, an ultimate voice which is the strong music of the soul. The light, glory, and luminous cloud are what the child Wordsworth saw; the potent music is what he heard" (23).
This passage intrigues me because I have been teaching Coleridge and Wordsworth's work along with the work of other Romantic poets this semster, and we have encountered these terms often: the imagination, joy, glory, light, music, as well as this concept of the powers beyond us (the great I Am, for instance). I think at least one student should address this connection to or different representations of the "great I am" in two or more works from these poets: perhaps Coleridge's "Intimations" and Wordsworth's "Lucy Gray" or some other combination. The investigative thesis/research question might be something like what follows:
Does the "great I Am" of the romantic poets refer to God (a spiritual or religious figure, creator) or to something else, such as the "secondary imagination" or the general creative spirit emanating from and shared by ordinary people? In other words, does the "Great I Am" (from Coleridge's point of view) inspire poetry or is it created by the mind and captured in poetry?
Read information about the authorBloom is a literary critic, and currently a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. Since the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. He has edited hundreds of anthologies.
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