“In any case drug induced or not, Kubla Khan and the personal depiction of Coleridge’s orient” When the term or genre dream vision appears, the Gawain poet and his elegy poem “Pearl” conjures to my mind due to his vivid imagination … Continue reading Kubla Khan : A personal depiction of Coleridge’s orientalism
In the “Preface” to “Christabel” Coleridge mentions that his “poetic powers have been…in a state of suspended animation” (161). This fragment of “suspended animation” recalls the desire of Victor Frankenstein to “bestow animation upon lifeless matter” (Shelley 78). If Coleridge’s … Continue reading “Suspended animation”: “Christabel” as Coleridge’s Frankenstein monster
“Man’s desire is the other’s desire” is one of French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan’s well-known formulas (Žižek 36). This concept of desire, coupled with Lacan’s view of “psychoanalysis itself [as] a method of reading texts, oral (the patient’s speech), or written” … Continue reading Coleridge “O’er-master’d by the mighty spell”: a Lacanian perspective on Coleridge’s “indolence”
Scholars can find a degree of empathy for Samuel Taylor Coleridge because they can relate to writing in an altered state of consciousness, much like the poet himself; for students the condition is often due to the lack of … Continue reading Coleridge and Opium Use
Throughout ‘Christabel’, Coleridge utilizes liminality as a literary tool in order to create the mysterious Gothic aspect of the poem. Liminality, derived from the Latin word Limen, meaning a threshold, is depicted in literature as a crossing-point and … Continue reading Coleridge’s ‘Christabel’; Gothic, unfinished, and liminal.
One of the emerging literary conventions of poetry during the 19th century was the use of an epigraph. The purpose of an epigraph serves as a a potential summary or introduction to the themes and ideas within a poem. Lord … Continue reading How Epigraphs Contribute to Literary Works