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Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher   By: (1772-1834)

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Ben Jonson

Beaumont And Fletcher

Notes and Lectures

by S. T. Coleridge

New Edition


Edward Howell



Shakespeare Definition Of Poetry. Greek Drama. Progress Of The Drama. The Drama Generally, And Public Taste. Shakespeare, A Poet Generally. Shakespeare's Judgment equal to his Genius. Recapitulation, And Summary Of the Characteristics of Shakespeare's Dramas. Outline Of An Introductory Lecture Upon Shakespeare. Order Of Shakespeare's Plays. Notes On The "Tempest." "Love's Labour's Lost." "Midsummer Night's Dream." "Comedy Of Errors." "As You Like It." "Twelfth Night." "All's Well That Ends Well." "Merry Wives Of Windsor." "Measure For Measure." "Cymbeline." "Titus Andronicus." "Troilus And Cressida." "Coriolanus." "Julius Cæsar." "Antony And Cleopatra." "Timon Of Athens." "Romeo And Juliet." Shakespeare's English Historical Plays. "King John." "Richard II." "Henry IV. Part I." "Henry IV. Part II." "Henry V." "Henry VI. Part I." "Richard III." "Lear." "Hamlet." "Macbeth." "Winter's Tale." "Othello." Notes on Ben Jonson. Whalley's Preface. "Whalley's 'Life Of Jonson.' " "Every Man Out Of His Humour." "Poetaster." "Fall Of Sejanus." "Volpone." "Apicæne." "The Alchemist." "Catiline's Conspiracy." "Bartholomew Fair." "The Devil Is An Ass." "The Staple Of News." "The New Inn." Notes On Beaumont And Fletcher. Harris's Commendatory Poem On Fletcher. Life Of Fletcher In Stockdale's Edition, 1811. "Maid's Tragedy." "A King And No King." "The Scornful Lady." "The Custom Of The Country." "The Elder Brother." "The Spanish Curate." "Wit Without Money." "The Humorous Lieutenant." "The Mad Lover." "The Loyal Subject." "Rule A Wife And Have A Wife." "The Laws Of Candy." "The Little French Lawyer." "Valentinian." "Rollo." "The Wildgoose Chase." "A Wife For A Month." "The Pilgrim." "The Queen Of Corinth." "The Noble Gentleman." "The Coronation." "Wit At Several Weapons." "The Fair Maid Of The Inn." "The Two Noble Kinsmen." "The Woman Hater."


Definition Of Poetry.

Poetry is not the proper antithesis to prose, but to science. Poetry is opposed to science, and prose to metre. The proper and immediate object of science is the acquirement, or communication, of truth; the proper and immediate object of poetry is the communication of immediate pleasure. This definition is useful; but as it would include novels and other works of fiction, which yet we do not call poems, there must be some additional character by which poetry is not only divided from opposites, but likewise distinguished from disparate, though similar, modes of composition. Now how is this to be effected? In animated prose, the beauties of nature, and the passions and accidents of human nature, are often expressed in that natural language which the contemplation of them would suggest to a pure and benevolent mind; yet still neither we nor the writers call such a work a poem, though no work could deserve that name which did not include all this, together with something else. What is this? It is that pleasurable emotion, that peculiar state and degree of excitement, which arises in the poet himself in the act of composition; and in order to understand this, we must combine a more than ordinary sympathy with the objects, emotions, or incidents contemplated by the poet, consequent on a more than common sensibility, with a more than ordinary activity of the mind in respect of the fancy and the imagination... Continue reading book >>

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