Lucency and Florescences

John Beer

in Coleridge's Play of Mind

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574018
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723100 | DOI:
Lucency and Florescences

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Coleridge's lifelong interest in light and illumination in all their guises is focused particularly on the phenomenon of the ‘glory’. He is also attracted to individuals such as Charles Lamb and his own son Hartley, who seem at times to be illuminated from within. This delight is complemented by his conviction of the innocence inherent in all vegetable growth—especially flowers—and his particular pleasure in all phenomena allowing vegetation to be transfigured by light shining through it. Above all he enjoys any indications that the body is inhabited by a soul, of which the bodily translucence, or shining through, which is sometimes experienced, seems to be a signification.

Keywords: light; glory; vegetation; flowers; innocence; translucence

Chapter.  8281 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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