The Aesthetics of English Romanticism ~
ideas offered by a few influential 19th Century English Romantic writers and
study of perfection, and of harmonious perfection, general perfection, and perfection
which consists in becoming something rather than in having something, in an
inward condition of the mind and spirit, not in an outward set of circumstances..."
"...the necessary first stage to a harmonious perfection...the subduing
of the great obvious faults of our animality..."
"Oxford, the Oxford of the past, has many faults; and she has heavily paid
for them in defeat, in isolation, in want of hold upon the modern world. yet
we in Oxford, brought up amidst the beauty and sweetness of that beautiful place,
have not failed to seize one truth:--the truth that beauty and sweetness are
essential characters of a complete human perfection."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- In a work of
art the universal dwells in the particular; the particular does not simply
stand for the universal.
- The symbol joins
things held apart in discursive thought. It is the vehicle of the beautiful,
in that the beautiful joins multeity and unity.
- The artist joins
subject and object in an act analogous to God's creative act. Thus man reconciles
himself with nature.
- The work of
art must grow organically from within itself. Its principles of order are
finally internal and not imposed from without.
thought is one spoken by a mind that has penetrated into the inmost heart of
the thing; detected the inmost mystery of it; namely the melody that lies hidden
in it; the inward harmony of coherence which is its soul, whereby it exists,
and has a right to be, here in the world. All inmost things, we may say, are
melodious, naturally utter themselves in song."