Biographia Literaria, Or, Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions, Part 1
Biographia Literaria has emerged over the last century as a supreme work of literary criticism and one of the classics of English literature. Into this volume poured 20 years of speculation about the criticism and uses of poetry and about the psychology of art. Following the text of the 1817 edition, the editors offer the first completely annotated edition of the highly allusive work.
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Biographia Literaria Volume I Chapter 1. The motives of the present work —
Reception of the Author's first publication — The discipline of his taste at school
— The effect of contemporary writers on youthful minds — Bowles's sonnets ...
Chapter 7. Of the necessary consequences of the Hartleian theory — Of the
original mistake or equivocation which procured admission for the theory —
Memoria Technica 116 Chapter 8. The system of DUALISM introduced by Des
Biographia Literaria Volume II Chapter 14. Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads, and
the objects originally proposed — Preface to the second edition — The ensuing
controversy, its causes and acrimony — Philosophic definitions of a poem and ...
Chapter 22. The characteristic defects of Wordsworth's poetry, with the principles
from which the judgement, that they are defects, is deduced — Their proportion to
the beauties — For the greatest part characteristic of his theory only 119 ...
Moreover, these chapters are complicated, to a degree hardly true of any other
classic, by the vexed problem of plagiarism, or the unacknowledged use of
sources. Since the 1830s, and especially during the last generation, this has
been the ...