‘Obstinate in Resurrection’

John Beer

in Coleridge's Play of Mind

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574018
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723100 | DOI:
‘Obstinate in Resurrection’

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Coleridge's ideas retain their potency into the nineteenth century and beyond, though their initial popularity in promoting a ‘third force’ fuelled by the concurrence of imagination and heart, is undermined by the contemporary acceptance of Darwin's ideas. At a political level, on the other hand, the existential element in his ideas survives in the achievement of globally oriented ‘modern’ thinkers and writers such as Vaclav Havel. In the twentieth century, also, the implications of their vitalism are investigated by writers such as D. H. Lawrence and T. S. Eliot, followed by others, such as Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, who show particular concern at the loss of a shared mythology.

Keywords: imagination; heart; vitalism; Darwin; Eliot; Lawrence; Havel; Hughes; Plath

Chapter.  7619 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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