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Coleridge's Play of Mind
     

Coleridge's Play of Mind

by John Beer
 

Eminent Coleridgean scholar John Beer presents a series of biographical investigations exploring Coleridge's life, stage by stage, and reconsidering the intellectual quality of his thinking and poetry through an emphasis on the notion of 'play'. Beginning and ending with brief accounts of the poet's childhood and last years, the book's twelve chapters each take a

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Eminent Coleridgean scholar John Beer presents a series of biographical investigations exploring Coleridge's life, stage by stage, and reconsidering the intellectual quality of his thinking and poetry through an emphasis on the notion of 'play'. Beginning and ending with brief accounts of the poet's childhood and last years, the book's twelve chapters each take a passage of Coleridge's life and characterise the nature and function of an abiding playful element in his consciousness. In combination they form a detailed, full, and humane treatment of Coleridge's life, focusing on topics such as his interest in psychology, his poetry, his literary collaboration with William and Dorothy Wordsworth, his hopeless love for William's sister-in-law, his literary criticism, including a new approach to Shakespeare, and his work towards a refreshing of contemporary religious beliefs and practices.

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"A vividly compelling portrait of a cast of mind, persuasive in no small part because its author is so finely attuned to the way that the mind he describes is a thing both of 'comprehensiveness and subtlety' and yet also of 'vulnerability': the life possesses a 'strange heroism' as Beer says, but it is a heroic nevertheless, and John Beer is its greatest interpreter." —The Wordsworth Circle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199574018
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,133,343
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

John Beer is well known for his work on English Romantic literature. He has lectured in India and the U.S.A. as well as at Manchester and Cambridge.

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