‘Could a rule be given from without, poetry would cease to be poetry, and sink into a mechanical art. It would be μóρφωσις, not ποίησις. The rules of the IMAGINATION are themselves the very powers of growth and production. The words to which they are reducible, present only the outlines and external appearance of the fruit. A deceptive counterfeit of the superficial form and colours may be elaborated; but the marble peach feels cold and heavy, and children only put it to their mouths.’ [Coleridge, Biographia ch. 18]

‘ποίησις’ (poiēsis) means ‘a making, a creation, a production’ and is used of poetry in Aristotle and Plato. ‘μóρφωσις’ (morphōsis) in essence means the same thing: ‘a shaping, a bringing into shape.’ But Coleridge has in mind the New Testament use of the word as ‘semblance’ or ‘outward appearance’, which the KJV translates as ‘form’: ‘An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form [μóρφωσις] of knowledge and of the truth in the law’ [Romans 2:20]; ‘Having a form [μóρφωσις] of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away’ [2 Timothy 3:5]. I trust that's clear.

There is much more on Coleridge at my other, Coleridgean blog.

Wednesday 10 January 2024

Publication News: 2024

I have a new novel coming out in July (amazon page here): a utopian novel mashed-up with some space-opera Lovecraftian/Dennis Wheatley horror. My teenage son, when I explained the premise, suggested I call it Space Satan!!!, with that many exclamation marks, and this may have been a better title than the King Lear reference with which I have actually gone. But here we are. And isn't the cover-art, above, splendid? I think it is.

I have a new short novel coming out soon fom NeoText: High. This is a thriller. Pitch it into the elevator as ‘Extraction, but on Mars’. Indeed, simply chuck it into the elevator and walk away.

And a critical book: I am putting the finishing touches to a short History of Fantasy, which will be published by Bloomsbury, I think later in the year.


  1. Mr Roberts - you might want to tell your publisher that the 'about the author' section of your book's page currently lists and shows a photo of the author Scott Kenemore.

    1. Thanks: I will. I also note the amazon page for my novel, which at the moment nobody but I and my editor at VG have read, contains multiple 4* and 5* reviews, so something is v dodgy over there.

    2. Kenemore also wrote a book called *Lake of Darkness*.
      Roberts wouldn't be having this problem if he had gone with *Space Satan!!!*.

  2. Are you on twitter or X or whatever its called?

  3. ค่าย pg ทางเข้า มือถือ ใหม่ล่าสุด ความสนุกสนานร่าเริงรวมทั้งตื่นเต้นที่สุดในทางเกมคาสิโนออนไลน์ PG ปากทางเข้าโทรศัพท์มือถือใหม่ปัจจุบัน! ในปัจจุบันที่เทคโนโลยีก้าวล้ำขึ้นอย่างเร็ว

  4. Dennis Wheatley?! How much Dennis Wheatley? The Devil Rides Out is the worst book I've ever read right through to the end. (Wait a minute...I think that means that I'm a bigger boob than Wheatley...)