chapter  47
Review of Coleridge on Imagination 1935
ByM. H. Abrams
Pages 5

This chapter discusses M. H. Abrams's review of 'Coleridge on Imagination'. M. H. Abrams one of the most distinguished American literary critics and historians of his generation, visited Cambridge on a one-year Henry Fellowship shortly after completing his undergraduate degree at Harvard in 1934, being admitted as a pensioner of Magdalene College. Since all knowledge, produced by what Coleridge calls 'the primary Imagination', is a creative activity of the mind, so the secondary imagination acts upon the objects resulting from that knowledge, dissolves them, and reflects the original act of creation by fusing them into a new unity. Dr Richards has extricated the strands from the tangled web of theological and metaphysical ratiocination through which they run, and has rewoven them into a consistent exposition of the nature of consciousness and the nature of communication. The relations between poetry, religion, and science, will be entirely new to followers of Dr Richard's writings.