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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... Logos, Divine and Human, on which I have set my Heart and hope to ground
my ultimate reputation". By now, with these further chapters added, the new
Wordsworth Preface had finally ceased to be the "prototype" it still had been in
... but under ground — playing at hawk and buzzard between sense and
nonsense, — floating or sinking in fine Kantean ... quitting the plain ground of "
history and particular facts" for the first butterfly theory, fancy-bred from the
maggots of his ...
... Being whose eternal reason is the ground and absolute condition of the ideas
in the mind, and no less the ground and the absolute cause of all the
correspondent realities in nature. . . .2 THE IMAGINATION A "synthetic and
magical power"; ...
Our intuitions, our philosophic imaginations, meet the divine on a middle ground
where the divine chooses to appear to us. This is the message of the lines from
Synesius that form the third epigraph to Chapter 13. So while the immediate ...
Platner continues, "I distinguish the imagination from fancy on good grounds".
Whereas fancy "occurs by the law of mechanical association", there comes a
point when the associations (the "objects") are so packed together that "by