Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Paper instructions: You may write about one out of the two following prompts: 1) The Transformative Power of the Imagination Coleridge believed that a strong, active imagination could become a vehicle for transcending unpleasant circumstances. Many of his poems are powered exclusively by imaginative flights, wherein the speaker temporarily abandons his immediate surroundings, exchanging them for an entirely new and completely fabricated experience. Using the imagination in this way is both empowering and surprising because it encourages a total and complete disrespect for the confines of time and place. Use examples from the following works to create a well developed essay about how this transformative power of imagination appears in Coleridge’s work: œLyrical Ballads, œThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner, œBiographia Literaria, and œThe Eolian Harp. – OR – 2) The Interplay of Philosophy, Religion, and Poetry Coleridge used his poetry to explore conflicting issues in philosophy and religious piety. Some critics argue that Coleridge’s interest in philosophy was simply his attempt to understand the imaginative and intellectual impulses that fueled his poetry. To support the claim that his imaginative and intellectual forces were, in fact, organic and derived from the natural world, Coleridge linked them to God, spirituality, and worship. In his work, however, poetry, philosophy, and piety clashed, creating friction and disorder for Coleridge, both on and off the page. Use examples from the following works to create a well developed essay about how the interplay of philosophy and religion appears in Coleridge’s work: œLyrical Ballads, œThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner, œBiographia Literaria, and œThe Eolian Harp. VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Whichever topic you choose to write on, you MUST incorporate all 4 works mentioned (use quotations and such) as well as 3 additional scholarly sources (NO WEBSITES!!! Only reliable educational sources).

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