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Contributions of S.T Coleridge as a critic.

Contributions of S.T Coleridge as a critic.

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  1. Coleridge’s ideal critic is one who can dissociate his own personality from an analysis of the work. He defines good criticism as a ‘disinterested endeavour to explain the Author’s meaning to the Reader.’ He talks of the critic’s being ‘reflective and judicious’, and of his being ‘guided by a pure desire to ascertain and impart the truth.’

    He is also significant in his views on the relation of the artist to his work, and the idea of the organic nature of the latter. He says that the imagination is ‘active and productive’ and that ‘the work of art is not an instrument of passive enjoyment but a stimulus to thought and action.’

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