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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Art becomes the living image rather than the abstract explanation of higher truths.
The Scriptures contain the living educts of the Imagination; of that reconciling and
mediatory power, which incorporating the Reason in Images of the Sense, and ...
These processes spring to life, they are called upon and led out into the world
and become the "living educts" of the imagination. A symbol is also "connatural"
or "consubstantial": it fuses the nature of mind with the reality of nature. Symbols
The "primary" imagination is the power behind what Coleridge elsewhere calls "
the mystery of perception". It is "the living Power and prime Agent of all human
Perception". Its synthetic power operates through the most direct contact of the
... contemplating itself in relationship to nature it has been contemplating nature
itself, and not just nature but the process and form of nature, its living principles of
natura naturans; for all knowledge rests in a meeting of subjective and objective.
Fancy deals mechanically with "objects" according to the law of association.
Imagination unifies and is a vital (lebhaft), living power. - For Maass
Einbildungskraft has two levels, its "widest meaning" in the act of perception and
its higher stage ...