Coleridge and Women’s Psychology

  • Anya Taylor


Coleridge is a philosopher, radical politician, theologian, and poet whose work and nature appear tragic. His philosophical struggles—linking subject and object, unifying the fragments of life, moving from skepticism to trinitarianism—appear to compensate for his loss of poetic power and to express his suffering with drug and alcohol addiction, anxiety, and despair. Overlooked has been a concurrent side of his personality: the man of joy, whose energy radiates outward to all his activities, the precocious and passionate lover, the devoted observer of women. To shift the balance from pitying Coleridge’s failure to admiring his resilience, I consider his sensuousness, his amorousness, his desires and yearnings in love, his miraculous discovery of it, his loss ten years later, and ultimately his redefinition of love so that he can endure its absence. Eros impels his excitement about the body, his glee and pleasure, his melancholy, and his developing ethics of reverence for persons. Love is the force behind human imagination, as his stanza from “Love” in the epigraph to this book reveals, and the influence of this stanza, famous in his own time, reverberates in William Butler Yeats’s lines, the other epigraph that affirms how love lives within, spreads outward, and generates human creativity.


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