Coleridge's Notebooks: A Selection by Seamus Perry

By Seamus Perry

Samuel Taylor Coleridge used to be one of many Romantic age's so much enigmatic figures, a genius of dazzling variety; writer of a few of the main recognized poems within the English language; one among England's maximum critics and theorists of literature and mind's eye; in addition to autobiographer, nature-writer, thinker, theologian, psychologist, and talker. all through his existence, he confided his suggestions and feelings to his Notebooks, the place we will nonetheless see his speculations and observations taking form. This version provides a range from this designated paintings, newly offered, with notes and remark, for the coed in addition to the overall reader.

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On Marriage – in opposition to French Principles. . Jacob Behmen.  Life of John Henderson.  Ode to a Looking Glass.  Burnet’s de montibus in English Blank Verse.  Escapes from Misery, a Poem – Halo round the Candle – Sigh visible . Cavern – candle –  Life of David – a Sermon. . Wild Poem on Maniac – Erast[ou] Galhroß. Åt. . Ode on St Withold. . T. Coleridge — . Edition of Akenside  Of Collins and Gray –  Hymns to the Sun, the Moon, and the Elements – six hymns. — In one of them to introduce a dissection of Atheism – particularly the Godwinian System of Pride — Proud of what?

Jerome Taylor’s Via Pacis.  To think of a thing is different from to perceive it, as ‘to walk’ is from [‘]to feel the ground under you[’] – perhaps in the same way too – namely, a succession of perceptions accompanied by a sense of nisus & purpose.  Space – is it merely another word for the perception of a capability of additional magnitude – or does this very perception presuppose the idea of Space? – The latter is Kant’s opinion.  Empirics are boastful, & Egotists[,] often because they introduce real or apparent novelty, which excites great opposition – personal opposition creates re-action (which is[,] of course, a consciousness of power) associated with the person reacting.

Most true it is, that I have look’d on truth Askance & strangely. Id. —  The subtle snow in every breeze rose curling from the Grove, like pillars of cottage smoke.  — Hartley fell down & hurt himself – I caught him up crying & screaming – & ran out of doors with him. – The Moon caught his eye – he ceased crying immediately – & his eyes & the tears in them, how they glittered in the Moonlight!  — Some wilderness-plot, green & fountainous & unviolated by Man.  A dunghill at a distance sometimes smells like musk, & a dead dog like elder-flowers.

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