3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday STC

  1. I was absorbed into this poem, especially as I recognise the sonnet on the River Otter. the mood is complex, instantaneously summoning the unsullied joy of the youth, seeing and being surrounded by beauty where the music is enchanting with visions of vitality in those translucent waters. Yet there are shadows of future unhappiness and care; perhaps some autobiographical touches. yes, indeed, genius rests on the overcoming of the present for the universal, of an individual absorbed into the human situation where sadness probably dominates joy. the boy Coleridge was absorbed watching the river’s leaps; as a man, he numbered cares until he found a way to silence such misery.

    I wondered if the lyric on ‘light’ had any connections with the ‘light’ tones and hues of this poem? Jackie

    Numbering its light leaps!

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  2. The light is from my favourite line of Coleridge’s, from The Aeolian Harp, and I have used it many times in many ways in my own writing:

    O! the one Life within us and abroad,
    Which meets all motion and becomes its soul,
    A light in sound, a sound-like power in light,
    Rhythm in all thought, and joyance everywhere—
    Methinks, it should have been impossible
    Not to love all things in a world so filled;

    For me, this is when he was at his pantheistic purity, at one spiritually with Nature and happiness and whatever God played its part in this, though many wiser people then me point to his Christian orthodoxy, perhaps later than when this was written, and to his Theological writings and so on – I cling to the idea of this entirely creative spirituality even if it is simply because that’s what I want to believe!

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