Review: We are tracking three main themes.
Biographia Literaria, Chapter XIV, pages 645-50
BL, Chapter XIII:
"The imagination, then, I consider either as primary or secondary. The Primary IMAGINATION I hold to be the living power and prime agent of all human perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM. The secondary [imagination] I consider as an echo of the former, coexisting with the conscious will, yet still as identical with the primary in the kind of its agency, and differing only in degree and in the mode of its operation. It dissolves, diffuses, dissipates, in order to recreate; or where this process is rendered impossible, yet still, at all events, it struggles to idealize and to unify. It is essentially vital, even as all objects (as objects) are essentially fixed and dead."
Sacred vs. Secular: The Greater Romantic Lyric ("Frost at Midnight"):
i. Lines 1-12:
ii. Lines 12-48:
iii. Lines 49-end:
Two Types of Imagination Applied to Rime and "Kubla"
MAIN POINT: Primary imagination:Rime::Secondary imagination:"Kubla."
Some questions for discussion:
Creation vs. destruction
Nature (outside) vs. art (garden, dome, song)
Decree vs. measureless::limits vs. no limits
Containment vs. endlessness
Going down and bursting forth ("burst" 20; "sank" 28)
Sunshine vs. caverns that are dark and cold: "A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!"
Garden (sun) vs. outside ("moon")
Neo-classical garden within the dome, but outside nature is untamed
Woman wailing for her demon lover vs. the damsel with a dulcimer: madness vs. control