Coleridge: Apologia Pro Vita Sua

Samuel Taylor Coleridge:
Oct. 21, 1772-July 25, 1834

                        Apologia Pro Vita Sua

               The poet in his lone yet genial hour
               Gives to his eyes a magnifying power:
               Or rather he emancipates his eyes
               From the black shapeless accidents of size–
               In unctuous cones of kindling coal,
               Or smoke upwreathing from the pipe’s trim bole,
                     His gifted ken can see
                     Phantoms of sublimity.

                                                         –Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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