Coleridge, Keats and a Full Perception

Edward Larrissy

in The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748632817
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651696 | DOI:
Coleridge, Keats and a Full Perception

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This chapter discusses attaining a full perception in the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Keats, and notes Coleridge's efforts to outline a unified creative power. Keats, on the other hand, presents a ‘material sublime’ that goes beyond ‘purgatory blind’, which is a negative blindness unable to combine reality and imagination, and also studies creative joy, which precedes the experience of the senses. Finally, the chapter observes a fullness of perception that exists in a modern form which remembers, but cannot recover, the bard's visionary intensity.

Keywords: full perception; creative power; material sublime; purgatory blind; negative blindness; creative joy; visionary intensity; bard

Chapter.  14278 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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