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By Richard Holmes

Winner of the 1989 Whitbread Prize for ebook of the 12 months, this can be the 1st quantity of Holmes's seminal two-part exam of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one among Britain's maximum poets.

Coleridge: Early Visions is the 1st a part of Holmes's vintage biography of Coleridge that endlessly reworked our view of the poet of 'Kubla Khan' and his position within the Romantic stream. pushed aside via a lot contemporary scholarship as an opium addict, plagiarist, political apostate and mystic charlatan, Richard Holmes's Coleridge leaps out of the web page as an excellent, lively and eternally frightening determine who invades the mind's eye. this is often an act of biographical activity which brings again to existence Coleridge's poetry and encyclopaedic concept, his artistic strength and actual presence. he's bright and unforeseen. Holmes attracts the reader into the labyrinthine problems of his subject's character and literary energy, and faces us with profound questions about the character of creativity, the family among sexuality and friendship, the moving grounds of political and non secular trust.

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I love to remember those days. Dad would go out to the field with the horses, and he would show us how to rake to make windrows. Today, when I go to an agricultural museum with all of the old farm equipment, I understand each piece of machinery and I feel good about that. All of our food was our own, too. During the summer, when the berries came out, we would stop along the road to pick them. We would pick the wild strawberries or raspberries. When blueberry season came, we had to walk a long way to an area where the blueberries grew.

I had gone away with my little dog, and the people eventually heard the barking and found me. When I was three or four, I went with my parents to visit my mother’s relatives. They had a goose. This goose grabbed me from behind, caught A Mét is Jour ne y  41 my hair in its beak, and pounded me with its wings. The adults came running to save me. I do have another vivid memory from my earliest years, an interesting day when I was five. My father took me to visit his friends on the Alexis reserve.

When I learned I had prostate cancer, I consulted two medicine men. One medicine man had a vision before I spoke to him that the cancer would not be in my bones. The other medicine man gave me natural herbs and held pipe ceremonies for me. At one ceremony there were about thirty people in a living room. The medicine man spread his blanket on the floor in front of all of us. He said a prayer in Cree. He lit the pipe and passed it around the circle. Everyone took the pipe and asked the Creator to heal.

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