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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... by specimens from Chaucer, Herbert, &c 89 Chapter 20. The former subject
continued 98 Chapter 21. Remarks on the present mode of conducting critical
journals 107 Chapter 22. The characteristic defects of Wordsworth's poetry, with
The Biographia not only survived but continued to incite a deep respect, though
often for different reasons. And it has lost none of its interest (though the interest
now is almost as much human as intellectual) in the transition still taking place ...
All this time and afterwards he continued to write, though in no way that really
satisfied his self-expectation or the hopes of his friends. There were also the
famous lectures on Shakespeare and Milton at Scot's Corporation Hall off Fetter
... were by Wordsworth, it was more appropriate that the Preface come from him.
Hence Coleridge continued to urge it on Wordsworth, who finally agreed to do it
and who later (with some self-defensiveness that overstated the situation) said ...
... I shall endeavor to go to the Bottom of . . .2 Meanwhile Coleridge had himself
thought, and continued in the following years to think, of writing a formal
discussion of his views on poetry. This was something that naturally engaged him