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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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Workings of the Spirit: The Poetics of Afro-American Women's Writing

Houston A. Baker, Jr. - Literary Criticism - 1991 - 239 pages
...in Culture and Time (Paris: Unesco Press, 1976), 139. 7. The phrase is from "A Defense of Poetry": "A man cannot say, 'I will compose poetry.' The greatest...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness." 8. Toni Morrison,...
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Shelley's Goddess: Maternity, Language, Subjectivity

Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi - Literary Criticism - 1992 - 336 pages
...though, much resembles that which is by general agreement of fundamental importance in Shelley's work: A man cannot say, "I will compose poetry." The greatest...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, wakens to transitory brightness: this power arises...
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Offcuts: From a Legal Literary Life

Nicholas Hasluck - Biography & Autobiography - 1993 - 252 pages
...words: Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to a determination of the will. Man cannot say 'I will compose poetry'. The greatest...poet even cannot say it; for the mind in creation is a fading coal which some invisible influence, like a constant wind, awakens to transitory brightness....
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The Selected Poetry & Prose of Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Fiction - 1994 - 692 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...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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In Black and Gold: Contiguous Traditions in Post-war British and Irish Poetry

C. C. Barfoot - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 331 pages
...cannot be willed. This is quite consonant with Edwin Morgan's comments — he quoted Shelley: "Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...determination of the will. A man cannot say 'I will compose poetry1 .... the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence ... awakens to...
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Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time

Gary Saul Morson - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 331 pages
...this alternative tradition, the new comes by revelation to a poet who is essentially passive. "Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will," writes Shelley. "A man cannot say, 'I will compose poetry' . . . for the mind in creation is as a fading...
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The Defence of Poetry Fair Copies: A Facsimile of Bodleian MSS. Shelley E.6 ...

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Dialogues, Greek - 1994 - 532 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 to the r " jfajutibf- t** ***~ &*H&~* fabo*^&. fa i& /kj/Ha^fl***) 45) A Defence of Poetry. the determination...
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Alexandria, Volume 3

David R. Fideler - Philosophy - 1995 - 486 pages
...mysterious and extrahuman about artistic creation. Shelley wrote in his A Defence of Poetry that Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...poet even cannot say it: for the mind in creation is asa fading coal which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness:...
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Commercial Culture: The Media System and the Public Interest

Leo Bogart - Psychology - 1995 - 384 pages
...Shelley expressed the same sentiments: 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 muse, like the inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness. 56 The entire commercial...
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Plato on Poetry: Ion; Republic 376e-398b9; Republic 595-608b10

Plato - Literary Collections - 1996 - 250 pages
...Page references are to Shelley's poetry and prose, ed. DH Reiman and S. B. Powers (New York 1977). 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 brightness' (503-4). And Shelley implicitly...
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