By Alethea Hayter
Does the behavior of doping up make authors write greater, or worse, or another way? Does it adjust the standard in their realization, form their imagery, impact their process? For the Romantic writers of the 19th century, a lot of whom experimented with opium and a few of whom have been hooked on it, this was once a big query, however it hasn't ever been totally replied.
In this research Alethea Hayter examines the paintings of 5 writers - Crabbe, Coleridge, De Quincey, Wilkie Collins and Francis Thompson - who have been opium addicts for a few years, and of numerous different writers - particularly Keats, Edgar Allan Poe and Baudelaire, but additionally Walter Scott, Dickens, Mrs Browning, James Thomson and others - who're recognized to have taken opium now and then. The paintings of those writers is mentioned within the context of nineteenth-century opinion concerning the makes use of and hazards of opium, and of Romantic principles at the artistic mind's eye, on desires and hypnagogic visions, and on imagery, in order that the idiosyncrasies of opium-influenced writing should be remoted from their common literary history. The exam unearths an odd and depressing quarter of the brain within which many of the maximum poetic imaginations of the 19th century have been imprisoned.
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