Biographia Literaria, Or, Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions

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W. Pickering, 1847 - 804 pages

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Page 378 - volume. The Imagination then I consider either as primary, or secondary. The primary Imagination I hold to be the living power and prime agent of all human perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM.
Page 370 - CHAPTER XIII. On the Imagination, or esemplastic power. 0 Adam, One Almighty is, from whom All things proceed, and up to him return, If not deprav'd from good, created all Such to perfection, one first matter all, Endued with various forms, various degrees Of substance, and, in things that live, of life; But more reiin'd, more
Page 155 - Fair laughs the morn, and soft the zephyr blows While proudly riding o'er the azure realm In gallant trim the gilded vessel goes, Youth at the prow and pleasure at the helm ; Regardless of the sweeping whirlwind's sway, That hush'd in grim repose, expects it's evening prey. (in which, by the by, the words " realm" and " sway
Page 154 - How like a younker or a prodigal The scarfed bark puts from her native bay, Hugg'd and embraced by the strumpet wind ! How like the prodigal doth she return, With over-weather'd ribs and ragged sails, Lean, rent, and beggar'd by the strumpet wind ! to the imitation in the Bard ; (Merch. of
Page 169 - additionally cheered, yet cheered only by the prophetic faith of two or three solitary individuals, he did nevertheless - argue not Against Heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot Of heart or hope ; but still bore up and steerM Right onward.
Page 65 - me one of the most sophistical parts of the whole Tract Ninety Argument^—which is saying a good deal. The article declares against " the change of the substance of bread and wine in the Supper of the Lord." Mr. Ward affirms that it speaks popularly, and hence does not conflict
Page 145 - Shakspeare and Milton as lessons: and they were the lessons too, which required most time and trouble to bring up, so as to escape his censure. I learned from him, that poetry, even that of the loftiest, and, seemingly, that of the wildest odes, had a logic of its own, as severe as that of science; and more
Page 378 - dissipates, in order to re-create: or where this process is rendered impossible, yet still at all events it struggles to idealize and to unify. It is essentially vital, even as all objects (as objects) are essentially fixed and dead.
Page 378 - The secondary Imagination I consider as an echo of the former, co-existing with the conscious will, yet still as identical with the primary in the kind of its agency, and differing only in degree, and in the mode of its operation.
Page 151 - [For not to think of what I needs must feel, But to be still and patient, all I can; And haply by abstruse research to steal From my own nature all the natural man— This was my sole resource, my only plan : Till that which suits a part infects the whole, And now is almost grown the habit of my soul. Poet. Works,

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