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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Examination of the tenets peculiar to Mr. Wordsworth — Rustic life (above all, low
and rustic life) especially unfavorable to the formation of a human diction — The
best parts of language the product of philosophers, not clowns or shepherds ...
However widely the Biographia has been acknowledged as a classic and
however well known it is in parts, it still remains a difficult work, highly allusive in
places and even fragmentary, especially in the so-called "philosophical chapters"
The questions of circumstances and chronology are by no means of merely
pedantic or even of psychological interest, though the psychological interest is
especially strong. The second part of the Introduction, written by James Engell, ...
For other help we are indebted to Mrs Prudence Steiner, Dr William A. Bond, Mr
Edward Doctoroff, Miss Linda Segal, Miss Anne Macaulay, and Dr James E.
Walsh, as well as to the authorities generally of the British Library (especially for
... and "psycho-biography"; the revived interest in the "theory of literature", which
turns for suggestions — as Coleridge himself did — to the Continent, especially
to the fertile genius of intellectual Germany in the period from about 1760 to 1830