By Harold Bloom, Janyce Marson
Coleridge's poetry usually overshadows the brilliance of the opposite kinds of writing he selected to pursue. His serious paintings unearths a wealth of profoundly delicate observations and a prophetic imaginative and prescient of compelling authenticity. research a few of his works and poetry, together with Kubla Kahn, and his conception of secondary mind's eye. This identify, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a part of Chelsea condo Publishers’ sleek serious perspectives sequence, examines the key works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge via full-length severe essays by way of specialist literary critics. moreover, this identify includes a brief biography on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a chronology of the author’s lifestyles, and an introductory essay written via Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale collage.
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Hazlitt was angry with Coleridge for not being as zealous in behalf of progress as he used to be when young. I was sorry for it, too; and if other men as well as Hazlitt had not kept me in heart, should have feared that the world was destined to be for ever lost, for want either of perseverance or calmness. But Coleridge had less right to begin his zeal in favour of liberty than he had to leave it off. He should have bethought himself, first, whether he had the courage not to get fat. As to the charge against him, of eternally probing the depths of his own mind, and trying what he could make of them beyond the ordinary pale of logic and philosophy, surely there was no harm in a man taking this new sort of experiment upon him, whatever little chance there may have been of his doing anything with it.
Coleridge, by all possible means, from obtaining that by stealth, from which he was openly debarred. It reflects great credit on Mr. Wade’s humanity, that, to prevent all access to opium, and thus, if possible, to rescue his friend from destruction, he engaged a respectable old decayed tradesman, constantly to attend Mr. C. and, to make that which was sure, doubly certain, placed him even in his bedroom; and this man always accompanied him, whenever he went out. To such surveillance Mr. Coleridge cheerfully acceded, in order to show the promptitude with which he seconded the efforts of his friends.
By some unknown means and dexterous contrivances, Mr. C. still obtained his usual lulling potions! ” “Oh, no, that I am sure it is not,” said the man. “I think it is,” replied Mr. C. ” The man accordingly went; when, as soon as his back was turned, Mr. C. stepped into the shop, had his portly bottle filled with laudanum, (which he always carried in his pocket) and then expeditiously placed himself in the spot where he was left. ” “As I am mistaken, never mind the rest,” said Mr. C. and walked on.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Bloom's Classic Critical Views) by Harold Bloom, Janyce Marson