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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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Coleridge's Visions

Coleridge's Visions

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Coleridge and the Uses of Division

Seamus Perry

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's visionary division. It suggests that Coleridge's equivocation between unity and diversity can be best understood as ambivalence over the rightful place of nature. His habituation to the mentally conceived over the sensibly perceived made him a Platonist almost by instinct. In one of his letters, Coleridge described his vision as a running battle in the contested territory of the self fought between two rival artists: the autonomous Mind and the impressive Nature.

Keywords:   Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, division, diversity, nature, self, Platonism

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