The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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  • Copyright: 2010-10-18
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Author of 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', 'Kubla Khan' and 'Christabel', and co-author with Wordsworth of Lyrical Ballads in 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge was one of the great writers and thinkers of the Romantic revolution. This innovative introduction discusses his interest in language and his extraordinary private notebooks, as well as his poems, his literary criticism and his biography. John Worthen presents a range of readings of Coleridge's work, along with biographical context and historical background. Discussion of Coleridge's notebooks alongside his poems illuminates this rich material and finds it a way into his creativity. Readers are invited to see Coleridge as an immensely self-aware, witty and charismatic writer who, although damaged by an opium habit, responded to and in his turn influenced the literary, political, religious and scientific thinking of his time.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xii
Early life and contexts: 1772-1802p. 1
The least belovedp. 2
Unitarianp. 3
Pantisocrat and democratp. 4
Journalistp. 7
Friendp. 8
Self-watcherp. 10
Metaphysician and Kantianp. 11
Opium userp. 13
Loverp. 15
Writerp. 16
Poetryp. 18
The poetry of extreme statesp. 20
The unfinished, the revisedp. 21
'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'p. 22
'Christabel'p. 26
'Kubla Khan'p. 28
'Conversation' poemsp. 31
'Letter' poems and 'Dejection'p. 33
'Asra' poemsp. 35
Theatre writingp. 36
Later poetryp. 36
Notebooksp. 41
Keeping notebooksp. 43
A writer's life: nine kinds of notebook entryp. 44
The notebook as commonplace bookp. 48
Dreams, fantasies, terrorsp. 50
Travel writing and the natural worldp. 51
Coleridge revealedp. 55
What do the notebooks omit?p. 57
Reading the notebooksp. 59
Mid-life works and contexts: 1803-1814p. 62
The Friendp. 65
Coleridge and the operation of the sensesp. 69
Incipient disasterp. 71
Languagep. 73
The right wordp. 74
The language of thoughtp. 75
The origins of languagep. 77
Grammarp. 79
Words as thingsp. 80
Poetry and prosep. 82
The natural language of poetryp. 83
Copying and coiningp. 84
Language's debt to Coleridgep. 88
Criticismp. 90
Shakespeare lecturesp. 90
Other Shakespeare criticismp. 93
Criticism in notebooks and marginaliap. 94
Biographia Literariap. 97
The attack on Wordsworthp. 99
Fancy and Imaginationp. 103
The publication and problems of the Biographiap. 105
The nature of the Biographiap. 106
Another kind of autobiographyp. 107
Intellectual property and the Biographiap. 108
Onwards from the Biographiap. 111
Later works and contexts: 1815-1834p. 113
Religionp. 115
Lay Sermonsp. 116
Faustusp. 118
Aids to Reflectionp. 119
On the Constitution of the Church and Statep. 121
Later lifep. 122
Talking and thinkingp. 123
Logic and Opus Maximump. 127
Afterwordp. 130
Notesp. 132
Further readingp. 139
Indexp. 142
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