Lewis famously deprecated the game of source-hunting, and what he wrote about Spenser applies to him also: "His mind was so concoctive and esemplastic
that the fruits of his reading met and mingled and transformed one another till they became unrecognizable--as happens on the 'road to Xanadu'" (English Literature, 355).
The reason, we have seen, has its eye on the super-sensuous, operating outside the realm of "circumstances" altogether, and the imagination's duties, conspicuously absent in The Friend, are defined elsewhere in more vital and esemplastic
There is, rather, a Coleridgean esemplastic
shimmer their esemplastic
metaphors in silent explosions of
If nothing else, the authors invite the playful esemplastic
pleasures of seeing recognizable shapes in the clouds and wild religious meanings in films.
For Scrabble players, let's try exigent, etiolated, epitomical, effulgent, esemplastic
, erumpent, and embrasured.
Morrow will not fit into these diagrams since, with Coleridge, he prizes the esemplastic
power that unites everything into one, and does not back away from it in any of his doings.