Download PDF by Christopher Stokes: Coleridge, Language and the Sublime: From Transcendence to

By Christopher Stokes

ISBN-10: 0230278116

ISBN-13: 9780230278110

Traversing the subjects of language, terror and illustration, this is often the 1st learn to have interaction Coleridge in the course of the elegant, displaying him to have a compelling place in an ongoing dialog approximately finitude. Drawing on shut readings of either his poetry and prose, it depicts Coleridge as a philosopher of "the restrict" with modern strength.

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Indeed, I would hazard that the treatment of voice is by far a greater break with Coleridge’s past than any shift in political convictions. In terms of revocation, it is the retreat from a certain self-authorising speaking position that is more important than a retreat from any particular political opinion. Indeed, as we shall see, the poem strives to maintain continuity in Coleridge’s politics, based around an underlying fidelity to liberty. However, crucially, this fidelity is something that must now be proven; not forced home by the power of genius.

The spectre of enthusiasm runs throughout the ode, checking and qualifying the power of its voice, and suggesting – as before – a speaking subject which has staged itself to itself in a potentially damaging way in order to constitute its initial passion. 70–1) – he also attempts to defend himself generally. To do this, he must present himself before the public. His poetic voice is openly partitioned, as Coleridge is forced to hold prior utterances in the grip of quotation marks. As such, the concentration of force that had characterised Longinian texts is dissipated.

The sonnet will ever be cultivated by those who write on tender, pathetic subjects. It is peculiarly adapted to the state of a man violently agitated by a real passion, and wanting composure and vigor [sic] of mind to methodize his thought. It is fitted to express a momentary burst of passion. 1140) Violent agitation barely fused into a whole (‘wanting’ implying both desire and lack) recalls both the primacy of passion in genius’s outpourings, and more specifically Longinus’s discussion of Sappho’s lyrics: ‘she is cold and hot, mad and sane, frightened and near death, all by turns.

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