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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Striking points of difference between the Poets of the present age and those of
the 15th and 16th centuries — Wish expressed for the union of the characteristic
merits of both 29 Chapter 17. Examination of the tenets peculiar to Mr.
By the beginning of our own century the prestige of the work, at least in the
English-speaking world, had risen to a level that could be expressed by two
quotations. The more moderate (1906) is a remark of Arthur Symons: The
In all of these approaches, no one has ever been displeased to discover that, for
whatever he is discussing or urging, he can find a precedent in Coleridge: a
general insight or a quotation that might give both vividness of expression and ...
The true expression of disdain, as Samuel Johnson was fond of saying, is neglect
. Within the first thirty years after the book was published, most of the charges that
could be made against it had already been made. These essentially come ...
We can think of Kant's reproductive, productive, and aesthetic imaginations as an
immediate forerunner.2 Schelling also divides imagination into three levels (erste
, zweite, dritte Potenz, after the mathematical use of "power"), expressed in the ...