The Poet as Critic, Critic as Poet

John Beer

in Coleridge's Play of Mind

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574018
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723100 | DOI:
The Poet as Critic, Critic as Poet

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The wounding effect of Wordsworth's 1815 preface, slighting Coleridge's contributions to criticism. Coleridge's decision to write an account of his own, including his distinction between ‘absolute’ and ‘commanding’ genius, leads into use of his conception of differing levels of consciousness to elucidate his distinction between ‘Primary’ and Secondary' imagination. He also takes issue with Wordsworth over the ‘real’ language of human beings. The effect of having a critical mind on the kind of poetry he wrote is finally illustrated by his delight in the poetic tradition of writers such as John Donne.

Keywords: absolute; commanding; genius; primary imagination; secondary imagination; fancy; real; language; Donne

Chapter.  5956 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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