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CONTRIBUTIONS TO RHETORICAL THEORY
EDITED BY FRED Newton Scott, Ph.D.
Opposites as Employed by Coleridge
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the
When I began this study I intended to make a comparison of the ways in which the principle of the Reconciliation of Opposites was used by the two critics, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas De Quincey. Later I decided to devote the whole paper to Coleridge's applications of the principle, since they proved to be many and copious. The comparative work has, however, influenced not a little my interpretation of the characteristic form given to the principle by Coleridge.
Although the angle from which I approach the subject is defined in the introductory section of the paper, I may guard against misunderstanding by saying once for all that I am not making an investigation of the sources of Coleridge's criticism, a field in which much excellent work has been done by others. In this study I have confined myself to Coleridge's own writings, drawing mainly upon the collection of note-book jottings entitled Anima Poetae, and the Literary Remains—especially the lectures on Shakespeare.
A. D. S.