Coleridge's Divine Comedy

Dancsó Gabriella (2003) Coleridge's Divine Comedy. MA/MSc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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In my thesis I will deal with the topic of fragmentariness in Coleridge's three famous fragmentary poems (Christabel, Kubla Khan, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner). I am going to point out what common sources can be found behind the origin of the Romantic fragments in general and how Coleridge incorporated these sources into his own philosophical and theological system. Then I also will interrelate the essence of Coleridge's philosophical system to his three fragmentary masterpieces which, in a way, can be taken as the poetical incarnations of his main principles and ideas. After giving a sort of philosophical frame to Coleridge's fragments I will analyse these poems by pointing out those very links and returning motifs that make them fragmentary. Christabel and Kubla Khan are considered to be fragments. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner does not seem to be a fragment at first sight, albeit by analysing it more meticulously we will find the connection between it and the two other poems. The Rime is "wedged in" between Christabel and Kubla Khan and by finding and analysing the returning motifs I will draw the conclusion that the Rime is also a fragment. By means of the fragmentary nature and certain returning motifs an organic system will take shape in front of our eyes. Finally, I will try to interpret what Coleridge possibly intended to express by his mutually interrelated fragments that suggest a possible ending as well as endlessness towards another start.


Szegedi Tudományegyetem


Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College


Angol Tanszék


Teacher Training




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Item Type: Thesis (MA/MSc)
Date: 2003
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 16. 11:19
Last Modified: 2019. May. 20. 07:28

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