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CONTRIBUTIONS TO RHETORICAL THEORY

EDITED BY FRED Newton Scott, Ph.D.
Professor of Rhetoric in the University of Michigan

IX.
The Critical Principle of the Reconciliation of

Opposites as Employed by Coleridge

BY
ALICE D. SNYDER

A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the
requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
in the University of Michigan.

ANN ARBOR

1918

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PREFATORY NOTE

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.

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