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" Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, " I will compose poetry". The greatest poet even cannot say it; for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence,... "
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Shelley

John Addington Symonds - 1923 - 204 pages
...of calculation dare not ever soar t Poetry ia not like reasoning, a power to be exerted accord, ing to the determination of the will. A man cannot say,...poetry." The greatest poet even cannot say it ; for th? 1 See Letter to Oilier, Jan. 20, 1820, Shelley Memorials, p 135. mind in creation is as ft fading...
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Elbert Hubbard's Scrap Book: Containing the Inspired and Inspiring ...

Elbert Hubbard - Literature - 1923 - 228 pages
...fire from those eternal regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar? Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man can not say it: " I will compose poetry." The greatest poet even can not say it; for the mind in creation...
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English Critical Essays (nineteenth Century)

Edmund David Jones - Criticism - 1924 - 610 pages
...from those eternal regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar ? Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness ; this power arises...
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Essays in the Romantic Poets

Solomon Francis Gingerich - English poetry - 1924 - 276 pages
...the following sentences from the essay: "A man cannot say, 'I will compose poetry.' The greatest poet cannot say it; for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness ; this power arises...
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Words and Idioms: Studies in the English Language

Logan Pearsall Smith - English language - 1925 - 299 pages
...upon which, as he tells us, the poet must depend. 1 See The Times, May u, 1914, p. 9. 123 " Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness ; this power arises...
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Words and Idioms: Studies in the English Language

Logan Pearsall Smith - English language - 1925 - 299 pages
...inspiration upon which, as he tells us, the poet must depend. 1 See The Times, May 11, 1914, p. 9* " Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness ; this power arises...
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Specimens of Modern English Literary Criticism

William Tenney Brewster - English literature - 1925 - 379 pages
...from those eternal regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar ? Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness; this power arises...
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Conversations with Robert Graves

Robert Graves - Poetry - 1989 - 183 pages
...poem for the occasion. As Shelley once wrote, 'Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be converted according to the determination of the will. A man...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness. ..." Nevertheless,...
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Madness and Blake's Myth

Paul Youngquist - Literary Criticism - 2010
...beholder. Shelley makes a similar claim in a famous passage of A Defence of Poetry. "Poetry," he writes, "is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will This power arises from within,... and the conscious portions of our natures are unprophetic either...
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Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a Prosaics

Gary Saul Morson, Caryl Emerson - Literary Criticism - 1990 - 530 pages
...Bakhtin's prosaics. Shelley's "Defense of Poetry" contains an exemplary statement of this view: "Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...the will. A man cannot say, 'I will compose poetry.' . . . for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant...
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