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Happy Birthday, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“These are the pure Magic. These are the clear vision. The rest is only poetry.” – Rudyard Kipling on John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge William Hazlitt, friends to both men, wrote: Coleridge has told me that he himself liked … Continue reading

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The Books: On the Pleasure of Hating, ‘On the Pleasure of Hating’, by William Hazlitt

On the essays shelf: On the Pleasure of Hating, by William Hazlitt My favorite quote about hatred is from Rebecca West: “A strong hatred is the best lamp to bear in our hands as we go over the dark places … Continue reading

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The Books: On the Pleasure of Hating, ‘On Reason and Imagination’, by William Hazlitt

On the essays shelf: On the Pleasure of Hating, by William Hazlitt Once you begin to get accustomed to Hazlitt’s style, you begin to see themes running through his work that pop up time and time again. Growing up in … Continue reading

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The Books: On the Pleasure of Hating, ‘What is the People?’, by William Hazlitt

On the essays shelf: On the Pleasure of Hating, by William Hazlitt Originally published in 1817, ‘What is the People?’ shows William Hazlitt’s radical background, and dissenting point of view. He grew up Unitarian (his father was a minister, and … Continue reading

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The Books: On the Pleasure of Hating, ‘On the Spirit of Monarchy’, by William Hazlitt

On the essays shelf: On the Pleasure of Hating, by William Hazlitt I went into William Hazlitt’s biography and background here. Growing up, as he did, in an age of world-wide revolution, he was interested in the concepts of power, … Continue reading

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The Books: On the Pleasure of Hating, ‘The Indian Jugglers’, by William Hazlitt

On the essays shelf: On the Pleasure of Hating, by William Hazlitt How … how … can I describe this essay?? You really just have to read it for yourself, but I will give it a shot. In the first … Continue reading

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The Books: On the Pleasure of Hating, ‘The Fight’, by William Hazlitt

On the essays shelf: On the Pleasure of Hating, by William Hazlitt William Hazlitt is not as well known as he should be; much of this is because most of his work is now out of print. But if you … Continue reading

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The Books: Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats, edited by Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine “These are the pure Magic. These are the clear vision. The rest … Continue reading

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The Books: Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats: William Wordsworth

Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats, edited by Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine In his youth Wordsworth sympathized with the French Revolution, went to France, … Continue reading

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“he could not bear young girls”

“William Hazlitt owned that he could not bear young girls; they drove him mad. So I took him home to my old nurse, where he recovered perfect tranquility.” – Charles Lamb to William Wordsworth, June 26, 1806

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