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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Examination of the tenets peculiar to Mr. Wordsworth — Rustic life (above all, low
and rustic life) especially unfavorable to the formation of a human diction — The
best parts of language the product of philosophers, not clowns or shepherds ...
MLN Modern Language Notes (Baltimore 1886- ). MLR Modern Language
Review (Cambridge 1905- ). M Mag The Monthly Magazine ( 1 796-1 843). MPL
S. T. Coleridge A Moral and Political Lecture (Bristol ). M Post The Morning
But language, numbers, and mental images are all symbolic reflections of what
we originally perceive. (Coleridge came to believe that our symbols of perception
are constitutive with nature; they truly represent the ideal form and divine power ...
determinations", he anticipates his own distinction of primary and secondary in
Chapter 13 and remarks that "in common language, and especially on the
subject of poetry, we appropriate the name [imagination] to a superior degree of
The best part of human language ... is derived from reflection on the acts of the
mind itself. It is formed by a voluntary appropriation of fixed symbols to internal
acts, to processes and results of imagination, the greater part of which have no