By Ve-Yin Tee
The Romantic phenomenon of a number of texts has been formed through the hyperlink among revision and authorial motive. although, what has been ignored are the profound implications of a number of and contradictory types of a similar textual content for a materialist procedure; utilizing the works of Coleridge as a case examine and the afterlife of the French Revolution because the major subject, this monograph lays out the method for a extra certain multi-layered research. Scrutinising 4 works of Coleridge (two poems, a newspaper article and a play), the place each significant variation is learn as a separate paintings with its personal detailed socio-historical context, Ve-Yin Tee demanding situations the idea that anyone textual content is consultant of its totality. through re-reading Coleridge within the gentle of other textual fabrics inside of that point, he opens a much wider scope for that means and the knowledge of Coleridge’s oeuvre.>
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Again, there are multiple meanings at play; the persona and the soot could be in communion, as in ‘[an] intimate intercourse’ (OED, III, p. 577), or the word could be understood as a comment on their commonality (OED, III, p. 577). The second reading is supportable because ‘sympathies’ can also be read as ‘affinities’, with ‘companionable’ acquiring the sense of ‘matching’ (OED, III, The Catholicity of ‘Frost at Midnight’ 25 p. 588). So, to sum up, in Coleridge’s fireside scene, does the ‘motion’ of the soot make it seem alive like the persona, or, as an atheist might have it, does it correspond to him and all ‘who live’ because life consists in animation?
Philanthropy – beneath whose baneful sway Each patriot passion sinks, and dies away. Taught in her School t’imbibe thy mawkish strain, CONDORCET, filter’d through the dregs of PAINE, Each pendant Prig disowns a Briton’s part, And plucks the name of ENGLAND from his heart. WHAT shall a name, a word, a sound, controul Th’ aspiring thought, and cramp th’ expansive soul? Shall one half-peopled Island’s rocky round A love that glows for all creation, bound? And social charities contract the plan Fram’d for thy Freedom, universal Man?
Coleridge might have been registering the ambivalence of his position on the Catholic religion, that is, politically allied but ideologically estranged. The very dark cloud of 1798 did have a silver lining. On English soil, Catholics were confronted with a vista of opportunities. The legal restraints on Catholic practices that had been enacted under the progress of the Reformation were already mostly abolished. 61 The ground was ripe. The 1790s saw the first major wave of Irish immigration, with the industrial revolution creating among those whose lives had been transformed an audience more genuinely prepared to listen to what the missionaries had to say.