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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and moving example of the finest kind of biography
I read this book after seeing the film Pandaemonium (which deals with a highly fictionalised account of the relationship between Wordsworth and Coleridge) at the London Film Festival in November 2000. To find more inspiration and excitement from the facts of Coleridge's life, as Holmes excitingly lays them out, than from a film was a revelation, but that is what...
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Very scholarly. Too much detail for me. But very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and moving example of the finest kind of biography, 19 Aug 2001
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I read this book after seeing the film Pandaemonium (which deals with a highly fictionalised account of the relationship between Wordsworth and Coleridge) at the London Film Festival in November 2000. To find more inspiration and excitement from the facts of Coleridge's life, as Holmes excitingly lays them out, than from a film was a revelation, but that is what happened.
Holmes writes beautifully and with enormous sympathy for a man who made a fantastic first impression on everyone he met through his brilliance, his lightning way with words and the effulgence of his personality, but whose torments led him to alienate his closest companions and friends; a man who despite being a gifted poet was personally happier in 'normal' jobs-- as a soldier, a journalist, a government official-- than he ever was as an 'artist'. At the end of this first volume Coleridge is near death in his early thirties, has written almost all of his major poetry, although not the journalism and criticism of his later life which in some ways made a greater mark on the literary world, and Holmes thoughtfully speculates in an afterword, as to subsequent generations' view had he died young like his near-contemporaries Keats and Shelley. (Kind of like the contrast between how we view Dean and Brando...) This (along with its companion volume) is a beautifully written biography that will be given to many of my friends this Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Visionary, 22 Sep 2011
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Not the orthodox interpretation of Coleridge. I am not Coleridge's greatest follower but living in the West Country and writing a piece on Coleridge in a local publication every month, room guiding in Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey I need something to fill in my gaps. This was recommended to me and whilst I'm having to re-think my background and academic knowledge of Coleridge this is giving me fun-time in a serious groove. Extremely readable both for the student of the Romantic Poets and for those who just wish to explore the early life of Coleridge for their own fulfillment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very scholarly. Too much detail for me. But ..., 15 Oct 2014
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Very scholarly. Too much detail for me. But very interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coleridge Early Visions, 5 Aug 2012
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Richard Holmes writes in a way that is thoroughly accsessible and interesting to read as well as exploring his subjects in depth and with a scholarly attention to accuracy and objectivity. Coleridge had a fascinating life and Holmes brings him vividly to life and evokes a time when poets were also 'natural philosophers' i.e. scientists to us. I would reccomend this book to anyone who has an interest in poetry or the period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 6 Jan 2011
Excellent book deservedly well received on first publication over a decade ago. Continues the first volume and puts a great, though ultimately unfulfilled life into sharp perspective. Has some pointed criticisms of Wordsworth's behaviour to make. Recommend to anyone interested in early romantics and their world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coleridge: Early Visions, 13 Jan 2013
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Very interesting and informative. The author writes very well and maintains the interest. I will be buying the second part.
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