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The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period$
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Edward Larrissy

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632817

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632817.001.0001

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Coleridge, Keats and a Full Perception

Coleridge, Keats and a Full Perception

(p.141) Chapter 6 Coleridge, Keats and a Full Perception
The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period

Edward Larrissy

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses attaining a full perception in the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Keats, and notes Coleridge's efforts to outline a unified creative power. Keats, on the other hand, presents a ‘material sublime’ that goes beyond ‘purgatory blind’, which is a negative blindness unable to combine reality and imagination, and also studies creative joy, which precedes the experience of the senses. Finally, the chapter observes a fullness of perception that exists in a modern form which remembers, but cannot recover, the bard's visionary intensity.

Keywords:   full perception, creative power, material sublime, purgatory blind, negative blindness, creative joy, visionary intensity, bard

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