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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... criticism (at least a relatively modern one) that so attracted Saintsbury and his
generation should survive the radical change from conventional nineteenth-
century modes of taste to those of "High Modernism" (the 1920s to the end of
Inevitably, at least for poetry, Coleridge could see what he felt to be limitations in
Wordsworth's approach (both in Wordsworth's Prefaces and, in a different way, in
the poetry itself) and wanted to express them. Hence there is a long history of ...
The chapter, when printed, would amount to at least a hundred pages. This
would greatly increase the expense of the book. In view of the title of the book — "
My Literary Life and Opinions" — the reader could "accuse you of a sort of
Or if it was not unfortunate (considering the alternatives) it was at least a decision
that was to complicate his life for another year and also to affect the character of
the future Volume 1 1. To divide the Biographia evenly would involve breaking it
... possesses the close empirical sense of style for which English "poet-critics"
have always been famous (from Sidney and Ben Jonson to Dryden, Johnson,
Wordsworth, Arnold, and Eliot), Into the Biographia he funneled at least twenty
years 1 ...