Posted by Erin on August 23, 1997 at 00:16:52:
In reply to Re: Primacy of the senses posted by Arnessa on August 22, 1997 at 04:09:10
] ] I think in this case Arnessa, the un-reality (or 'areality') Marianne yearns for may be best achieved through irrationality as opposed to rationality.;-) Don't you think so?
] Yes, I suppose you're right. I guess Coleridge wouldn't have approved of a Marianne. Too bad, they seemed such a likely pair.
No, I think you have a point; and I had one of those LOLs when I read your line, "she also does long for a "reality" that is not constrained by anything real....like bills to pay, etc.". So true!
Coleridge is similar to Marianne in this sense --he yearns for a rational ideal (or state achieved in the capacity for reason), through an act of irrationality, i.e, his drug use; this is indicative of his 'inability' to cope with everyday reality. This is an irony of the art and life of Coleridge --near futile attempts to wrestle his demons throuh reason (or what he thought was Reason) AND self-delusion. Go figure...
Thank you, BTW, for posting Kubla Kahn. I don't care if it was written in an opium-haze, I still get chills.
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