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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Continuation — Concerning the real object which, it is probable, Mr. Wordsworth
had before him, in his critical preface — Elucidation and application of this — The
neutral style, or that common to Prose and Poetry, exemplified by specimens ...
How could such a poem possibly fit into a volume with a Preface justifying the
poetry of ordinary events and common life? A controversy of sorts appears to
have risen briefly. It ended with Wordsworth asking the printer to omit the poem
and to ...
Coleridge knew that using "imagination" (even when qualified by "primary") to
explain perception was by no means common usage. It implied a knowledge of
psychology and some sophisticated background reading on the part of his
determinations", he anticipates his own distinction of primary and secondary in
Chapter 13 and remarks that "in common language, and especially on the
subject of poetry, we appropriate the name [imagination] to a superior degree of
Several remarks could be cited to show that by the 1780s, as James Beattie said,
"According to the common use of words, Imagination and Fancy are not perfectly
synonymous" — the first being applied to stronger, "more solemn" exertions of ...