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Offline DJ Doena

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"poetic faith"
« on: June 26, 2008, 09:33:45 PM »

currently I am trying to translate this Wikipedia article to german. But I have a problem with Coleridge's quote:

yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.

How would you re-phrase the part of the sentence "which constitutes poetic faith"? I have no idea what "poetic faith" should be. Unfortunately it comes up again later in the "criticism of the theory".


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Re: "poetic faith"
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2008, 11:27:26 PM »
I would translate it literally with "poetischer Glaube". Schlegel, who was well known to Coleridge, also used the term "prosaischer Unglaube" (prosaic disbelief) in his "Vorlesungen ├╝ber dramatische Kunst und Literatur" (Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature).
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