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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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The Strange Case of the Spotted Mice and Other Classic Essays on Science

Peter Brian Medawar - Science - 1996 - 236 pages
...think little of it. We look askance at poetry for the occasion, even for Royal occasions. For poetry 'is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...compose poetry." The greatest poet even cannot say it.' Still less can he say that he will compose joyful or lugubrious poetry, or poetry upon a given theme....
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Ulysses

James Joyce - Artists - 1998 - 980 pages
...ourselves'. 186.35-6 the mind . . . a fading coal: PB Shelley in 'A Defence of Poetry' (1821; 1840): 'Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...it; for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, wh1ch some invisible influence, like an 1nconstant w1nd, awakens to trans1tory brightness; this power...
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England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic ...

James Chandler - History - 1999 - 606 pages
...regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar? Poetry is not like reason, 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...
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Biofictions: The Rewriting of Romantic Lives in Contemporary Fiction and Drama

Martin Middeke, Werner Huber - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 229 pages
...emotion recollected in tranquillity [ . . . ]."22 Percy Bysshe Shelley sets poetry apart from reasoning: "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 [ . . . ]."23 In...
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Night Music: Poems

L. E. Sissman, Peter Davison - Poetry - 1999 - 140 pages
...like reasoning, a power to be determined according to the determination of the will," Shelley wrote. "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.") In the last...
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Vorstellungsweisen künstlerischer Transformation: naturwissenschaftliche ...

Sabine Menninghaus - English literature - 2000 - 324 pages
...Bezug auf Shelley deutlich macht. Percy Bysshe Shelley schrieb in „A Defence of Poetry." „Poetry is not like reasoning; a power to be exerted according to the determination of the Tod ist die materielle Substanz (wie zum Beispiel die Kohle) vergangen und ein Teil der Energie unwiderruflich...
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Romantic Returns: Superstition, Imagination, History

Deborah Elise White - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 227 pages
...instant of creativity, will is no longer self-determined. It is, rather, determined by power. 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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European Literature from Romanticism to Postmodernism: A Reader in Aesthetic ...

Martin Travers - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 348 pages
...more inaccessible reaches of the self. Shelley explains, evoking one of his most famous images. 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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Whitman Possessed: Poetry, Sexuality, and Popular Authority

Mark Maslan - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 240 pages
...involuntary; like sexual desire in the hygienic account, it operates apart from reason and the will: "Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...The greatest poet even cannot say it: for the mind is as a fading coal which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory...
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The Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology

Theodore Roszak - Nature - 2001 - 377 pages
...poetic imagination as the antithesis of "the owl-winged faculty of calculation." Poetry, he insisted, "is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. It is not subject to the control of the active powers of the mind, ... its birth and recurrence has...
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