Coleridges Play of Mind

Hardcover | October 2, 2010

byJohn Beer

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Eminent Coleridgean scholar John Beer presents a series of biographical investigations exploring Coleridge's life, stage by stage, and reconsidering the intellectual quality of his thinking and poetry through an emphasis on the notion of 'play'. Beginning and ending with brief accounts of thepoet's childhood and last years, the book's twelve chapters each take a passage of Coleridge's life and characterise the nature and function of an abiding playful element in his consciousness. In combination they form a detailed, full, and humane treatment of Coleridge's life, focusing on topicssuch as his interest in psychology, his poetry, his literary collaboration with William and Dorothy Wordsworth, his hopeless love for William's sister-in-law, his literary criticism, including a new approach to Shakespeare, and his work towards a refreshing of contemporary religious beliefs andpractices.

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Eminent Coleridgean scholar John Beer presents a series of biographical investigations exploring Coleridge's life, stage by stage, and reconsidering the intellectual quality of his thinking and poetry through an emphasis on the notion of 'play'. Beginning and ending with brief accounts of thepoet's childhood and last years, the book's ...

John Beer is well known for his work on English Romantic literature. He has lectured in India and the U.S.A. as well as at Manchester and Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:October 2, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199574014

ISBN - 13:9780199574018

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AbbreviationsBibliographyIntroduction1. The Missing Playground2. Fantastic Sportiveness3. Dances of the Intellect and Emotions4. Coleridge and Mackintosh: Revisionary Poet and Simpering 'Dung-Fly'5. Nature, Poetry and the Vicissitudes of Love6. Coleridge, Tom Wedgwood and Conceptions of the Mind7. Wordsworthian Naturalism and the Coleridgean Sublime8. Public Journalism, Private Affections9. Politics, Principle and The Friend10. Fascinations of the Esoteric11. The Poet as Critic, Critic as Poet12. Shakespeare's Plays of Passion13. Mental Energies, Ancient and Modern14. Interinvolving Guilt and Innocence15. Lucency and Florescences16. Questioning Closure17. 'Obstinate in Resurrection'Index