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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Supposed irritability of men of Genius — Brought to the test of Facts — Causes
and Occasions of the charge — Its Injustice 30 Chapter 3. The author's
obligations to critics, and the probable occasion — Principles of modern criticism
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 poetry with scholia 5 Chapter 15. The
Are Authors an especially irritable Race? and what Authors? Of Reviewers and
Reviews — . Chapter III. Neither the Writer's, nor Mr Southey's Publications the
true cause or occasion of the charge, that there has risen a new School of Poets".
... while also struggling against it — the attempts to cut down on it invariably
producing the withdrawal symptoms that he could half consider to be explained
by other causes (for genuine knowledge of withdrawal symptoms was lacking).
... and the labor of executing this, are the true and only causes of the Delay, of
which not You, but I, have the right to complain, tho' both of us have sufficient
Cause to regret it.' He returned the corrected proofs, though omitting (