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The Sad Ghost: Coleridge as the Sage of Highgate

  • Philip Aherne
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Abstract

Aherne argues the later Coleridge, who spent the last third of his life in Highgate, saw himself as an educator, and expended considerable effort in trying to target young men destined for the higher professions (namely preaching and teaching), actively preparing the ground for his influence. This chapter analyses his thoughts on education in his later works, and how he designed his influence through them, before contextualizing contemporary accounts of his monologue (some distinctly critical, others generously complimentary) alongside his own reflections about it; lastly, the vital centrality of his talk is evidenced by assessing its implications for his intellectual process, asserting how his verbal intellect and the discursive fragmentation of his prose and thought style counter accusations about Coleridge’s lack of a complete philosophical system.

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  • Philip Aherne
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  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUK

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