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John Livingston Lowes's vintage paintings indicates how a number of photos from Coleridge's large studying, quite in trip literature, coalesced to shape the imagistic texture of his most renowned poems, The Rime of the traditional Mariner" and "Kubla Khan." initially released in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library makes use of the most recent print-on-demand know-how to back make to be had formerly out-of-print books from the celebrated backlist of Princeton college Press. those paperback variants shield the unique texts of those vital books whereas featuring them in sturdy paperback variations. The target of the Princeton Legacy Library is to greatly bring up entry to the wealthy scholarly background present in the millions of books released by means of Princeton college Press when you consider that its founding in 1905.

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137 « Vide Description of a Glory, by John Haygarth, Manchester Trans. Vol. 3. p. "9 Mrs. Estlin's Story of the Maniac who walked round and round. Epistle to Mrs. Wolstoncraft urging her to Religion. Read her Travels. 138 Chaos 29 Ham—lustful rogue—Vide Bayle under the Article Ham. Nimrod, the first king, taught Idolatry, and persecuted for Religion's sake. —142 * Secret Journal of a self observer or Confessions and Letters from the German by J. C. "5 And it is drossy lead with a vengeance that lies in heaps along the path which we have travelled.

10 Book One: Chapter τ furled fan. They delight to sit in little peaceable communities on the dry limbs of trees, hanging over the still waters, with their wings and tails expanded—I suppose to cool themselves, when at the same time they behold their images below—when ap­ proached, they drop off as if dead—invisible for a minute or two —then at a vast distance their long slender head and neck only appear, much like a snake—no other part to be seen except sometimes the silvery tip of their Tail.

The alchemist and his al­ chemy we have yet to reckon with. IV I have left two-thirds of the mass of entries in the Note Book completely untouched. But the whole could not make clearer one fact of profound significance for us. For there, in those bizarre pages, we catch glimpses of the strange and fantastic shapes which haunted the hinterland of Coleridge's brain. Most of them never escaped from their confines into the light of day. Some did, trailing clouds of glory as they came. But those which did not, like the stars or the old astrology, rained none the less their secret influence on nearly everything that Coleridge wrote in his creative prime.

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