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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The lyrical ballads with the preface — Mr. Wordsworth's earlier poems — On
fancy and imagination — The investigation of the distinction important to the fine
arts 69 Chapter 5. On the law of association — Its history traced from Aristotle to ...
Yet no work of even remotely comparable importance is admittedly so uneven, or
— to use a word I. A. Richards applied to Coleridge as a poet — so "vulnerable".
Coleridge's Biographia is in many respects a very naked work, written after ...
... offered a way out of this. It is important for us to realise this fact. For most of the
Biographia was dictated to John Morgan, without whose help we might never
have had it. To remember this will help to explain many characteristics of the
From the start he was thinking, as a prototype, of Wordsworth's controversial and
important Preface to the second edition of Lyrical Ballads (1800). He could
himself feel partly responsible for that Preface. In fact "it was at first intended", as
Wordsworth, he could fairly argue, would never have heard of this important "
distinction" — certainly would never have been able to make a large issue of it —
had it not been for Coleridge. Wordsworth's new edition of the Poems and its ...