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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Mechanic form:

A term used by Samuel Taylor Coleridge to describe the form that results when fancy, a mental faculty that works according to a mechanistic association of ideas, imposes a prefabricated or predetermined pattern upon a work of art. (See also Organic form.)

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