By Seamus Perry
Samuel Taylor Coleridge used to be one of many Romantic age's such a lot enigmatic figures, a genius of amazing range; writer of a few of the main recognized poems within the English language; considered one of England's maximum critics and theorists of literature and mind's eye; in addition to autobiographer, nature-writer, thinker, theologian, psychologist, and talker. all through his existence, he confided his concepts and feelings to his Notebooks, the place we will be able to nonetheless see his speculations and observations taking form. This variation offers a variety from this precise paintings, newly offered, with notes and statement, for the coed in addition to the final reader.
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Whirl] but the short Leg more copiously, falling – the reading Desk cloathes it with a thin surplice of white water. ] hand / – Seat of limestone, in the limestone Bank of the Dell Brook, coming out from the rock, like a thick Slate, or London Flag Stone / – above it some or feet a low ruined Garden wall, overgrown with gooseberry Trees, which formed a thick bushy Shed over the seat – & above these a doubleblossomed Cherry Tree in its barren Pomp, stretching out beyond the Shed, & dropping its [ ?
He used to put part of every thing, he liked, into the clock-case. The swallows interweaving there Mid the paired sea-mews, at distance wildly-wailing. — The brook runs over Sea-weeds. — Sabbath day – from the Miller’s mossy wheel the waterdrops dripp’d leisurely — on the broad mountain[-top] The neighing wild-colt races with the wind O’er fern & heath flowers — a long deep Lane So overshadow’d, it might seem one bower— The damp Clay banks were furr’d with mouldly moss Broad-breasted Pollards, with broad-branching head.
I shewed him the whole magnificent Prospect in a Looking Glass, and held it up so that the whole was like a Canopy or Ceiling over his head, & he struggled to express himself concerning the Diﬀerence between the Thing & the Image almost with convulsive Eﬀort. – I never before saw such an Abstract of Thinking as a pure act & energy, of Thinking as distinguished from Thoughts. Sympathy the Poet alone can excite / any Dabbler in stories may excite Pity. – The more I think, the more I am convinced that Admiration is an essential element of poetical Delight — 02_Perry text 27/3/02 11:56 am Page 22 Germany, London, the Lakes – [‒ [As] loose & easily opened as the connections between the Jokes round a large Table of eager Joke-tellers.