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"All The major Romantics...were engaged...in the rediscovery of nature, the assertion of the one-ness of man and the rest of creation" James Reeves. What has interested you about the ways in which Coleridge has asserted this one-ness?

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"All The major Romantics...were engaged...in the rediscovery of nature, the assertion of the one-ness of man and the rest of creation" James Reeves What has interested you about the ways in which Coleridge has asserted this one-ness? Throughout Coleridge's works, we can see that he tries to unify nature, through both the workings of his superior secondary imagination and his language. He constantly strives to give a sense of togetherness between all aspects of Nature and himself, even if through the idea that we are united in our diversity. Coleridge also shows us the effects of a lack of this 'one-ness', effectively emphasising its importance. Perhaps the most frequent impression of 'one-ness' in Coleridge's work is given by the assertion of God in Nature. In The Aeolian Harp, Coleridge talks about "the one life within us and abroad/ Which meets all motion and becomes its soul". This 'one life' is God, and Coleridge emphasises how He connects us all through the soul. Coleridge also unifies nature in the following description, "A light in sound, a sound-like power in light, /Rhythm in all thought, and joyance everywhere". ...read more.

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The line "In Nature there is nothing melancholy" also suggests this balance, of many things coming together to make 'Nature'. Referring to the earth as a single being is another way in which Coleridge emphasises this interdependence. We can see this exemplified in many of his poems; in Fears in Solitude he describes 'My mother isle', in Frost at Midnight he refers to 'the general earth' and in The Nightingale he speaks of vernal showers which 'gladden the green earth'. By acknowledging the earth as a whole, we see Coleridge's appreciation for the fact that each individual piece of nature on its own may not be significant, but when combined in unity with all other parts of nature, it makes the one beautiful entity-the earth. Coleridge's struggle to unify his split self is also evident in his work. In Frost at Midnight and he poetically expresses his recuperative attempts to do this, mainly through connecting himself to his surroundings and his family. In Frost at Midnight, he links himself with the little flame dancing in the fireplace. He writes "Methinks, its motion in this hush of nature/ Gives it dim sympathies with me who live"; giving the impression that he is desperately trying to make connections. ...read more.

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It is also interesting how he asserts the concept of pantheism in his work without having any intellectual conviction himself that it is acceptable, which we may find hypocritical. However, it also shows that the need to unify is very strong for Coleridge, and this could offer explanation as to why he does it. The desire to find connections between things is clearly key to Coleridge's work, and considering his perceived superiority of the unconsciously unifying secondary imagination, and it can be seen that by displaying 'one-ness' in his poetry, and therefore displaying this imagination, that he is trying to elevate himself. Works Consulted * M. H. Abrams, ed., 1960: English Romantic Poets - Modern Essays in Criticism. A Galaxy Book, Oxford University Press, New York. * York Notes Advanced, Samuel Coleridge Selected Poems, York Press * The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907-21). Volume XI. The Period of the French Revolution.VI. Coleridge. � 10. The Poetry of Nature; Anima Poet� * http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/coleridge/section6.rhtml WORD COUNT FOR BOTH ESSAYS: 2990 1 The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907-21). Volume XI. The Period of the French Revolution.VI. Coleridge.� 10. The Poetry of Nature; Anima Poet�. 2 http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/coleridge/section6.rhtml 3 "Coleridge's Conversation Poems"', by George McLean Harper, ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Louise Cooper 12DGG Coleridge Coursework ...read more.

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