Notes on Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Notes on Samuel Taylor Coleridge - unorthodoxy darkness...

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge Today . . . Coleridge “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison’ and ‘Frost at Midnight’ The Supernatural Sublime the uncanny the gothic orientalism ‘Kubla Khan’ Memorization exercise (#10)—memorizing any 14 lines of poetry from our anthology—in section Wednesday, November 12th you may use these lines on your final exam Samuel Taylor Coleridge romantic poet and critic Friend, enemy, friend of Wordsworth’s deeply philosophical opium addict ‘Frost’ and ‘Lime-Tree’ are ‘Conversation Poems’ not dialogue short, self-contained ordinary, familiar language domestic happy
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self and setting—memories—setting seen/felt anew 3 words to know before reading ‘Kubla Khan’: the uncanny : unsettling experience of something that is both strange and strangely familiar at the same time the ‘gothic’ literary form in which (now-familiar) terrifying places, figures, and events are strangely enjoyable haunted castles; endangered virgins; evil figures (monsters); sexual
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Unformatted text preview: unorthodoxy; darkness; secrets and mysteries Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764) Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolopho (1794) Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818) the gothic is the genre of the uncanny ‘Orientalism’: Western representations and fantasies of the East stressing sensuality and the exotic Thomas Moore, Lallah Rookh: An Oriental Romance (1817) ‘Kubla Khan: Or, a Vision in a Dream. A Fragment’ What is this poem about? How seriously are we to take Coleridge’s account of how this poem came about? Why has it been so moving for so many readers? Why is this poetry so haunting? ‘pure poetry’ What is ‘Kubla Khan’ about? a poem about poetry; poetic creation poetic creation standing in for sexuality the setting, character, and mood of a story without an actual story that story--of loss, distance, and the sublime--is then told as the preface to the poem...
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2009 for the course ENG English taught by Professor Bruster during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas.

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