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Title:
Coleridge and the power of love
Author:
Barth, J. Robert.
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Publication Information:
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1988.
Physical Description:
xiii, 127 pages : portrait ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780826206947
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Book

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Barth, author of Coleridge and Christian Doctrine (CH, Mar '70) and editor of the festschrift Coleridge, Keats, and the Romantic Tradition (1989), is familiar with the seminal mind of this erudite Romantic writer. In the current study he focuses on Coleridge and the "power of love." Barth gives full credit to antecedent work on this same subject--e.g., Anthony John Harding's Coleridge and the Idea of Love (CH, Oct '75)--and is careful, in general, to cite sources. That all Romantic poets find the subject of love central is certainly true. It is particularly true of Coleridge. Barth's opening chapters, "Coleridge's Ideal of Love" and "Love in Coleridge's Life," are solid, informative, and insightful and provide the context for his discussion of the power of love within the poetry per se. These chapters alone would justify acquiring the book. Added to these excellent chapters are discussions of the power of love within the context of the "conversation poems," the poems of "high imagination," and, finally, the penultimate poem, "Dejection: An Ode." These discussions are challenging, interesting, and provocative--and perhaps occasionally idiosyncratic: for instance, the importance placed upon the love relationship between Christabel and her long-deceased mother seems to strain the text. On the whole, however, this book makes a solid contribution to Coleridge studies and will be useful to graduate students and all levels of undergraduates. -V. L. Radley, SUNY College at Oswego