Samuel Taylor Coleridge was one of the most well-known poets from a period known as romanticism; a movement that originated in the late 18th century and stressed strong emotion and imagination. A deepened appreciation of the beauties of nature; a general exaltation of emotion over reason and of the senses over intellect; a turning in upon the self; a new view of the artist as a supremely individual creator, whose creative spirit is more important
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his "passive" brain.
As well as emphasising the need for silence in order for the imagination to work effectively, Coleridge also shows just how significant sound can be. Just like sight and scent, sound can help promote thought and bring back memories. Although not the main themes in Coleridge's poems, we can clearly see that both sound and silence play a significant role in the workings of the imagination, and therefore the creation of poetry.