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By John Beer

Eminent Coleridgean student John Beer offers a chain of biographical investigations exploring Coleridge's lifestyles, degree through degree, and reconsidering the highbrow caliber of his pondering and poetry via an emphasis at the inspiration of 'play'. starting and finishing with short debts of the poet's youth and final years, the book's twelve chapters each one take a passage of Coleridge's lifestyles and characterise the character and serve as of an abiding playful point in his cognizance. together they shape an in depth, complete, and humane remedy of Coleridge's existence, targeting issues akin to his curiosity in psychology, his poetry, his literary collaboration with William and Dorothy Wordsworth, his hopeless love for William's sister-in-law, his literary feedback, together with a brand new method of Shakespeare, and his paintings in the direction of a fresh of up to date spiritual ideals and practices.

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CN I 1575), transcribing in 1803 brief extracts from CNB 5 ff 17v–18v (cf. CN 575–8) four years earlier, and expanding what little survives there. Coleridge’s Play of Mind 32 which he developed for Sara Hutchinson. It is hard to believe that he became so enamoured of her simply because she allowed him to flirt with her on one or two occasions. The terse account just given can be supplemented by what seems to be family tradition. When his grandson edited the poetical works he wrote, concerning the poem ‘Love’: It is probable that the greater part .

5 This disgust, felt not only by Godwin but by others such as Hazlitt, helps to explain the nature of Coleridge’s attitude in subsequent years: the distaste, largely political in its basis, was shared with likeminded members of his immediate circle. 6 Coleridge, in acrid comments intended for 3 See his account, in an 1818 letter to James Perry, of his lasting sense of debt for having enabled him to meet such an illustrious figure in the 1790s: CL IV 830–1nn. 4 See his ‘France: An Ode’, originally entitled ‘The Recantation: an Ode’: CPW (EHC) I 243–7; and cf.

C. C. Mays for having allowed me to see in advance a draft of his note on the poem for his CC edition of the Poetical Works. 40 Coleridge’s Play of Mind his behaviour towards Mackintosh can partly be explained by the fact that it brought together different levels of his experience. Sympathizers with the calls for reform were likely to see the Scottish lawyer as a hero by reason of his early rejoinder to Burke’s Reflections on the late Revolution in France, entitled Vindiciae Gallicae. His book ranked with Godwin’s Political Justice as a major influence on the young of the time.

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