Thursday, January 12, 2012


“The grandest efforts of poetry are where the imagination is called forth, not to produce a distinct image but a strong working of the mind, again offering what is again repelled, and again creating what is again rejected, the result being what the poet wishes to impress, namely, the substitution of a sublime feeling of the imaginable for a mere image."
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his criticism of Paradise Lost

This is an old one I found when I was about fifteen. I only managed a few pages into Paradise Lost but I remember the introduction was amazing--this has always been a favorite quote. It's how I want to write, what he's described.

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