By William Shakespeare

For this new version, first released in 1971, Ted Hughes augmented his unique choice of Shakespeare's poems and dramatic speeches and entirely rewrote his accompanying essay, meaning to restoration to the typical reader a lot of what, in Shakespeare, was once instinctively on hand to the viewers of his day, and to teach how Shakespeare's language unites in its sinews and substance the entire diversity of Elizabethan preoccupations, philosophical and social.

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192), and 'agape' was Keats's first attempt at 'gaped wide' (Letters, II, 96). Coleridge's mariners look up 'sideways' {p. 195), the sails sigh 'like sedge' {p. 199), and there is exactly the same double reading of 'sure' (p. 1 98) as Keats will useand will use again in 'The Fall ofHyperion' (Poems, pp. 669-70). 29 From this point, the reference points become bewilderingly manifold. What we have seen at work in the 'spontaneous' business of writing poetry can be situated, I shall try to suggest, in the wider context of the models of knowledge production and possibility which characterise the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Common sense, however, does not seem to be what Coleridge has in mind. In leaving out this lurid detail, he has suspended judgement on the lady's status, forced us into a more careful approach. Hazlitt as good as admits this when he says, taking us right back to the argument for the Keats poem, that 'Christabel' 'is more like a dream than a reality. The mind, in reading it, is spell-bound' (p. I46). A much more important example is, of course, 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'; that is, the process whereby it becomes so after starting life as 'The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere'.

In every adumbration of his past, the narrator is moving yet further from it, committed to historical time in the very production of the poem. Imagination and memory erode each other, to the same degree as 42 IRONY AND AUTHORITY IN ROMANTIC POETRY they provide for each other. The one offers immediacy and chaos, the other stability and deadness; there seems to be no moment which can hold both stability and immediacy. I have already thrown out some hints about the W ordsworthian paradoxes implicit in Hegel's The Phenomenology of Mind; 40 it is worth pointing out that his Science of Logic contains a philosophical formulation of the problem ofbeginnings which can be read as a very close parallel to the poetic treatment of the same theme in The Prelude.

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