By John Beer
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First released in 1959 through Chatto & Windus, this much-cited ebook throws gentle at the highbrow association of Coleridge's poetry and the innovative traits implicit in his philosophy.
John Beer's remedy of the visionary Coleridge is whilst an informative spouse to the 18th century's explorations of mythology in such works as Calmet’s Antiquities Sacred and Profane, Burnet’s concept of the Earth, Campanella’s urban of the sunlight, Lowth's De Sacra Poesi Hebraeorum, Maurice’s Hindostan, Bryant’s research of old Mythology, Grew's Cosmologia Sacra.
Chapter headings: Coleridge and Romanticism; The feel of Glory; ‘Science, Freedom and the reality in Christ’; The Daemonic chic; the wonderful sunlight; ‘By the entire Eagle in thee, all of the Dove’; The River and the Caverns; Fountain of the solar; The Visionary Gleam.
John Beer's books comprise Coleridge's Poetic Intelligence, Blake's Humanism, Blake's Visionary Universe, Wordsworth and the Human middle, Wordsworth in Time, wondering Romanticism (ed.), Romantic cognizance: Blake to Mary Shelley, Post-Romantic awareness: Dickens to Sylvia Plath, Romantic impacts and William Blake: A Literary Life.
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CM III 41. CPL, 299–300 and n. 21, p. 444: PL (CC) 435–6 and n. CNB 36. 35-6: CNC 5705. (Cf. 14 v: CNC V 5593; 41–41: CNC V 6057). CNB 36. 35v (CNC V 5705). Letter of Jan. 1810: CLG III 278. H. Crabb Robinson, Diary, (ed. T. Sadler) 1869, I, 388. ) Letter to Tieck, 4 July 1817: CLG IV 751. The Sense of Glory 53 Biographia which has just been mentioned. In his tribute to the mystics, he says, They contributed to keep alive the heart in the head; gave me an indistinct, yet stirring and working presentiment, that all the products of the mere reflective faculty partook of DEATH and were as the rattling twigs and sprays in winter, into which a sap was yet to be propelled from some root to which I had not penetrated, if they were to afford my soul either food or shelter.
During this brief period, the creative ecstasy which he enjoyed embraced his thinking as well as his emotions. Various reasons have been adduced for the achievements of this period, but none of them are entirely convincing. The stimulating company of William and Dorothy Wordsworth no doubt had its effect—but he was to go on enjoying it for ten more years. I think, in fact, that one can only fully explain his happiness at this time by invoking a more strictly intellectual factor. He had in no way achieved the grand, embracing myth which would have been necessary for the forming of a true epic; but for the time being his imagination had seized upon a limited myth which was vivid enough to be an organizing framework for poetry.
John Buncle, in the course of his wanderings, has long, technical discussions with people whom he meets, on subjects which range from sea-shells to the Tower of Babel, from mathematics to muscular motion. Such catholicity of interests might be no more than the amiable eccentricity of a single character if it were an isolated phenomenon; but a glance at the The Sense of Glory 38 pages of Unitarian magazines such as the Analytical Review or the Monthly Magazine reveals an equally bewildering variety of subjects.