Coleridge's Experimental Poetics

Coleridge's Experimental Poetics

by J. C. C. Mays
     
 

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Coleridge has been perceived as the youthful author of a few brilliant poems and the rest of his career as a downward spiral of unfinished verses, philosophical meanderings, and opium addiction. While the perception contains just enough truth to render it indestructible, it is neither the whole truth nor the only one. The present study argues that the poetry is a

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Coleridge has been perceived as the youthful author of a few brilliant poems and the rest of his career as a downward spiral of unfinished verses, philosophical meanderings, and opium addiction. While the perception contains just enough truth to render it indestructible, it is neither the whole truth nor the only one. The present study argues that the poetry is a continuous process of experimentation, especially with metre, rhythm and sound patterns. It provides a new perspective on both familiar and unfamiliar poems, and of the relation between Coleridge's poetry and philosophical thinking, and suggests connections with several modern writers.

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"Mays effected a change in our sense of the writer in the way that only a very rare edition can achieve . . . The book is full of perception and wisdom and meditated style. Mays is excellent on the plays, on the epigrams, on the translations. He possesses a vivid and affectionate critical voice of his own." - Seamus Perry, The Wordsworth Circle

"This is the most intelligent critical analysis that I've seen in a lifetime of studying Coleridge, a model of the best that literary study can achieve." - Jack Stillinger, Center for Advanced Study Professor of English, University of Illinois, USA and author of Romantic Complexity: Keats, Coleridge, and Wordsworth (2006) and two dozen earlier books mostly on Romantic writers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137300713
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
03/07/2013
Series:
Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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