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Coleridge and Wordsworth : The Poetry of Growth - Stephen Prickett

Coleridge and Wordsworth

The Poetry of Growth

Paperback Published: 2nd June 1980
ISBN: 9780521298094
Number Of Pages: 224

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Originally published in 1980, this is a study of the 'romanticism' of Coleridge and Wordsworth. Their concern with creativity, and the conditions that helped or hindered their own artistic development, produced a new concept of mental growth - a 'modern' view of the mind as organic, active, and unifying. In particular, we see how their aesthetics evolved from a personal and intuitional need to reaffirm 'value' in their own lives. Their discovery of the fundamental ambiguity of such intuition is discussed in relation to some ideas of Empson, Gombrich, and Ehrenzweig. As well as an essay in criticism, this is a contribution to the history of ideas, drawing together points in the background of philosophical and psychological theory from Hartley and Wesley to John Stuart Mill. Since many of our ideas about imagination, symbolism, and creativity are ultimately derived from Coleridge and Wordsworth, this is a book for students of romantic and modern literature.

Introduction: the rainbow and the imagination
'An image with a glory round its head'
Mechanism versus organism
Imagination: the active mind
Unity and creativity
Memory and perception
Wordsworth and Coleridge: a romanticism
Symbol and growth
Concise bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521298094
ISBN-10: 0521298091
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 2nd June 1980
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.29