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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Considering how central these chapters are to our understanding of Coleridge's
thought as a whole, how crammed they are with allusions of every kind, and
weighted by the problem of sources we have mentioned, the increase in
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No room at all was made for the kind of poetry that Coleridge was originally going
to contribute when the Lyrical Ballads was first planned (that in which "the
incidents and agents were to be, in part at least, supernatural"). Immediately on ...
Of greater interest, by far, is the kind of book it had become (or had almost
become). No form of writing came more easily and habitually to Coleridge than
the apologia, however brilliantly he could transcend the form. Here the situation,
There may be already too much "metaphysical disquisition" for a work of this kind:
In that greater work to which you have devoted so many years, and study so
intense and various, it will be in its proper place. Your prospectus will have ...