Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Immutable and deliberate nature of poetry

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In poetry, in which every line, every phrase, may pass the ordeal of deliberation and deliberate choice, it is possible, and barely possible, to attain that ultimatum which I have ventured to propose as the infallible test of a blameless style; namely: its untranslatableness in words of the same language without injury to the meaning.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge   (1772-1834)

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