Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor

English Poet, Romantic, Literary Critic and Philosopher, a Founder of the Romantic Movement in England

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The whole faculties of man must be exerted in order to call forth noble energies; and he who is not earnestly sincere lives in but half his being, self-mutilated, self-paralyzed.

There were gardens bright with sinuous rills.

Thus in the 13th century the first science which roused the intellects of men from the torpor of barbarism, was, as in all countries ever has been, and ever must be the case, the science of Metaphysics and Ontology.

The wise only possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.

There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee.

Thy habitation from eternity!

The words in prose ought to express the intended meaning; if they attract attention to themselves, it is a fault; in the very best styles, as Southey's, you read page after page without noticing the medium.

They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose, nor spake, nor moved their eyes; It had been strange, even in a dream, To have seen those dead men rise.

Till clomb above the eastern bar The hornŠd moon, with one bright star Within the nether tip.

Then all the charm is broken--all that phantom-world so fair vanishes, and a thousand circlets spread, and each mis-shape the other.

They passed the hall, that echoes still, pass as lightly as you will. The brands were flat, the brands were dying, amid their own white ashes lying; but when the lady passed, there came a tongue of light, a fit of flame; and Christabel saw the lady's eye, and nothing else saw she thereby,

Till thou, still present to the bodily sense.

Then only might'st thou feel a just regret.

They stood aloof, the scars remaining,? Like cliffs which had been rent asunder: a dreary sea now flows between.

Time, Great, Profound

Then reached the caverns measureless to man.

This is not a logical age. A friend lately gave me some political pamphlets of the times of Charles I. and the Cromwellate. In them the premises are frequently wrong, but the deductions are almost always legitimate; whereas, in the writings of the present day, the premises are commonly sound, but the conclusions false. I think a great deal of commendation is due to the University of Oxford for preserving the study of logic in the schools. It is a great mistake to suppose geometry any substitute for it.

Tis a month before the month of May, and the spring comes slowly up this way.

The sublime discoveries of Newton, and, together with these, his not less fruitful than wonderful application, of the higher math is to the movement of the celestial bodies, and to the laws of light, gave almost religious sanction to the corpuscular system and mechanical theory. It became synonymous with philosophy itself. It was the sole portal at which truth was permitted to enter. The human body was treated an hydraulic machine... In short, from the time of Kepler to that of Newton, and from Newton to Hartley, not only all things in external nature, but the subtlest mysteries of life, organization, and even of the intellect and moral being, were conjured within the magic circle of mathematical formulae.

Thence flows all that charms or ear or sight,

This is the curse of every evil deed, that, propagating still, it brings forth evil.

Tis calm indeed! so calm, that it disturbs and vexes meditation with its strange and extreme silentness.

The sun came up upon the left, Out of the sea came he! And he shone bright, and on the right Went down into the sea.

There are errors which no wise man will treat with rudeness while there is a probability that they may be the refraction of some great truth still below the horizon.

This is, in truth, the first charm of chemistry, and the secret of the almost universal interest excited by its discoveries. The serious complacency which is afforded by the sense of truth, utility, permanence, and progression, blends with and ennobles the exhilarating surprise and the pleasurable sting of curiosity, which accompany the propounding and the solving of an Enigma... If in SHAKPEARE [sic] we find Nature idealized into Poetry, through the creative power of a profound yet observant meditation, so through the meditative observation of a DAVY, a WOOLLASTON [sic], or a HATCHETT; we find poetry, as if were, substantiated and realized in nature.

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English Poet, Romantic, Literary Critic and Philosopher, a Founder of the Romantic Movement in England