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 questions of circumstances and chronology are by no means of merely
pedantic or even of psychological interest, though the psychological interest is
especially strong. The second part of the Introduction, written by James Engell, ...
Col: means it to be printed like, in all respects, Mr Wordsworth['s] last edition of
poems entitled "Poems by Wm Wordsworth including Lyrical Ballads and- the
miscellaneous pieces of the author with additional n&t&f poems a new preface
and a ...
It was by no means the tragedy he had promised. He could also have been
embarrassed because he had assured Byron that the "tragedy" would be ready
back in December. Neither Byron nor the others on the Drury Lane Committee
Coleridge, who himself could feel both extremes and wanted desperately — by
any means available — to 1 Ch 9, below, I 156. 2 Ch 7, below, I 124-5. escape
their psychological rack, might have chosen Hamlet and Ophelia Ixxxiv
Coleridge knew that using "imagination" (even when qualified by "primary") to
explain perception was by no means common usage. It implied a knowledge of
psychology and some sophisticated background reading on the part of his