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Coleridge and the Uses of Division$
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Seamus Perry

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183976.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Coleridge and the Uses of Division

Seamus Perry

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the double theme of unity and division in the works of English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The underlying argument of this book is that certain types of division, even those amounting to incoherence, can properly claim their particular merits as something actively achieved in the full awareness of unity's genuine claim and as evidence of the author's strenuous and self-scrutinising imaginative life. This book explores the implications of division for understanding Coleridge and introduces a piece of Coleridgean syntax: the contradictory and double-minded admission of ‘and yet’.

Keywords:   Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, division, unity, Coleridgean syntax

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