Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WHAT IS REASON?, by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE



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WHAT IS REASON?, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Whene'er the mist, that stands 'twixt god and thee
Last Line: Which thou hadst seen, had that been shaken off.
Subject(s): Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


Whene'er the mist, that stands 'twixt God and thee
Defecates to a pure transparency,
That intercepts no light and adds no stain --
There Reason is, and then begins her reign!

But alas!

[Concludes with a passage in Italian from Dante's Paradiso, Canto I, translated into Enlish by
Henry Francis Cary]:

With false information thou thyself
Makest dull; so that thou seest not the thing
Which thou hadst seen, had that been shaken off.




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