Enduring Coleridge: 'The functions of comparison, judgement, and interpretation'
As a prelude to a consideration of poetry shaping the soul – a purpose of which Coleridge was consistently mindful – it is necessary to consider Socrates’ figure of ‘the soul of the lyric poet’ as a bee in Plato’s Ion. The visible tip of Plato’s paradox and its implications for necessity and creative free will emerges in ‘This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison’. In my essay, the crucial ambivalence I identify in that poem, mindful of the passage from Ion, turns on the extent to which an inspired soul...[Show more]
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