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Module 1: Coleridge The Eolian Harp

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English - Myth, magic and fantasy

Myth, magic and fantasy

When the strings are played upon by the wind, the music evokes visions of
a paradisal, magical fantasy world:

Such a soft floating witchery of sound
As twilight Elfins make, when they at eve
Voyage on gentle gales from Fairy-Land,
Where Melodies round honey-dropping flowers,
Footless and wild, like birds of Paradise,
NOR PAUSE, NOR PERCH, HOVERING ON UNTAM'D WING! '(ll.20-25)

Myth, magic and fantasy were interests of a number of the Romantics -
Coleridge's own most famous poem is probably '_The Rime of the Ancient
Mariner'_, which is set in a world of myth, magic and fantasy. It is
interesting, then, that when the music is produced by the instrument
yielding itself to Nature, that it should suggest such magical images to
the poet.

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