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" I will compose poetry". The greatest poet even cannot say it; for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness... "
A Dictionary of Quotations in Prose: From American and Foreign Authors ... - Page 418
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Structural Idealism: A Theory of Social and Historical Explanation

Doug Mann - 2002 - 309 pages
...unconscious in the work of the Romantics, for example, in Shelley's The Defence of Poetry, where he says that "the mind in creation is as a fading coal which some...brightness; this power arises from within, like the colour of a flower which fades and changes as it is developed, and the conscious portions of our natures...
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Shelley Among Others: The Play of the Intertext and the Idea of Language

Stuart Peterfreund - 2002 - 406 pages
...against willing oneself to write a poem. As he argues, using imagery redolent of Platonic discourse, "the mind in creation is as a fading coal which some...inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness" (503-4). The speaker's "Ashes and sparks" may sputter toward extinction, as well as toward dematerialization,...
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Northrop Frye's Notebooks and Lectures on the Bible and Other Religious Texts

Northrop Frye - 2003 - 740 pages
...and so on. 76 An allusion to Shelley's remark about the creative process: “A man cannot say, ‘I will compose poetry.' The greatest poet even cannot...inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness” (A Defence of Poetry, in The Critical Tradition, 2nd ed., ed. David Richter (Boston: Bedford Books,...
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Configuring Romanticism: Essays Offered to C.C. Barfoot

Theo d'. Haen, Theo d' Haen, P. Th. M. G. Liebregts, Wim Tigges, Colin J. Ewen - 2003 - 306 pages
...refers to "the magnificent image which Joyce quotes somewhere in Ulysses ('the mind in creation is a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightnessy.8 Eliot is using the reference to Shelley to illustrate his point that "Shelley's finest...
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An Exploration of a New Poetic Expression Beyond Dichotomy

Shin'ichiro Ishikawa - 2004 - 404 pages
...regarded as just "a fading coal" as shown in the extract below: A man cannot say, "I will compose a poetry." The greatest poet even cannot say it: for...influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness...but when composition begins, inspiration is already on the decline, and the most glorious...
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The Last European: A Triptych

David Butler - 2005 - 245 pages
...fingers laughingly through it, an unsteady flush was playing triumphantly over her complexion, Shelley's 'fading coal, which some invisible influence, like...inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness'. We sat for perhaps a couple of minutes, blowing, rubbing, hugging and slapping heat back into our bodies....
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A Defence of Poetry: an Essay: Easyread Large Edition

Percy Bysshe Shelley - 2006 - 84 pages
...like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, "I will compose poetry/' The greatest poet even cannot...the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some 62 invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness; this power arises...
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Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public

Andrew Franta - 2007
...like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, "I will compose poetry." The greatest poet even cannot...brightness: this power arises from within, like the colour of a flower which fades and changes as it is developed, and the conscious portions of our natures...
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Edward Elgar and the Nostalgic Imagination

Matthew Riley - 2007 - 243 pages
...A Defence of Poetry (1821) Shelley accounts for the process of artistic creation in similar terms: [T]he mind in creation is as a fading coal, which...brightness; this power arises from within like the colour of a flower which fades and changes as it is developed, and the conscious portions of our natures...
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The Return of Christian Humanism: Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the ...

Lee Oser - 2007 - 190 pages
...cause." But the poet himself is only a medium. He is not the final cause, which is a spiritual mystery: "for the mind in creation is as a fading coal which...inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness." This "invisible influence," wherever it comes from (the reader may be recalling Isaiah 6:6-7), stands behind...
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