9780823221127

The Symbolic Imagination Coleridge and the Romantic Tradition

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  • ISBN13:

    9780823221127

  • ISBN10:

    0823221121

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-07-01
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press

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Summary

The original edition of this book studied the nature of symbol in Coleridge's work, showing that it is central to Coleridge's intellectual endeavor in poetry and criticism as well as in philosophy and theology. Symbol was for Coleridge essentially a religious reality, that participates in the nature of a sacrament as an encounter between material and spiritual reality. The author shows how Wordsworth and Coleridge developed a poetry, unlike that of the eighteenth century, based on symbolic imagination. He then related this symbolic poetry to the tradition of romanticism itself Richard Harter Fogle wrote of the original edition: "This is a just, graceful, and penetrating book. Considering the complexity of the material, it is lucid and often eloquent. Father Barth's interpretation of Coleridge's doctrine of symbol is essentially original, as are his illustrative readings from the poems. His substantial essay moves harmoniously from Coleridge's particular insights to their wider implications for romanticism." In this new edition, the author has enlarged the scope of his study, first reviewing in an introductory chapter the important scholarship of the past twenty years on symbol and imagination. He then goes on to give his work a deeper theological foundation, and to extend his argument to embrace what he calls Coleridge's "scriptural imagination." As in the original edition, he concludes that symbol is a phenomenon profoundly linked with the experience of romanticism itself and with a fundamental change in religious sensibility that has echoes even in our own time.

Author Biography

J. Robert Barth, S.J., is the James McIntyre Professor of English at Boston College

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction ix
Abbreviations x
Preface to the First Edition xi
Preface to the Second Edition xiii
Past and Present: A Prologue 1(17)
Theological foundations of Coleridge on Imagination
18(13)
Symbol as Sacrament
31(16)
The Poetry of Reference
47(17)
The Poetry of Encounter: Wordsworth
64(32)
The Poetry of Encounter: Coleridge
96(23)
The Scriptural Imagination
119(11)
Symbol and Romanticism
130(20)
Symbol and Religion: Past and Future
150(15)
List of Works Cited 165(8)
Index 173

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