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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For the convenience of the reader, reference is also given to the standard
editions of these writers, which are, again, in the relevant passages identical
except, in some cases, for minor differences, principally in spelling and
punctuation. On the ...
Moreover, at crucial moments, given his distressing situation at the time, he will
also snatch at other writing — sometimes by himself, sometimes by others — to
fill out the requisite number of pages. There is some justice to Leslie Stephen's ...
... Royal Institution lectures of 1808, the writing of the brilliant, if difficult, periodical
The Friend (1809-10), and his devastating estrangement from Wordsworth
because of his feeling (as he told Charles Lamb) that "Wordsworth has given me
.".3 It is perhaps sufficient to refer to Coleridge's letter of 9 April 1814 (to Thomas
Curnick): the difficulties of the modern poet, facing the problem of what was left to
do in poetry, were such that "I myself have for many years past given it ...
"I have given a full account (raisonne) of the Controversy", he writes R. H.
Brabant (29 July), "concerning Wordsworth's Poems & Theory, in which my name
has been so constantly included".- We can easily picture the situation: the