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William Gilbert and Esoteric RomanticismA Contextual Study and Annotated Edition of 'The Hurricane'$
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Paul Cheshire

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941206

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941206.001.0001

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‘With no unholy madness’

‘With no unholy madness’

Gilbert and Coleridge

(p.61) Chapter Three ‘With no unholy madness’
William Gilbert and Esoteric Romanticism

Paul Cheshire

Liverpool University Press

Coleridge, aside from his interest in Gilbert’s field of knowledge, printed an essay of Gilbert’s and an extract from The Hurricane in his short-lived periodical The Watchman. Furthermore, as author of the apocalyptic poems ‘Religious Musings’ and ‘Ode to the Departing Year’, he shared common ground with Gilbert in his subject matter.Coleridge’s interest in Neoplatonism and attraction to visionary experience made Gilbert an interesting but problematic figure for him.This chapter follows the debates between them, and Coleridge’s manoeuvring as he pursued modes of thought that ran counter to his prior allegiance to the rationalistic Unitarianism of Joseph Priestley.

Keywords:   Coleridge, Neoplatonism, Unitarianism

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