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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But a distinction can be kept in mind between "excuse" and a mere explanation of
circumstances that could seduce or frighten Coleridge into acts against which the
cushions of leisure, financial security, calmer (or firmer) temperaments, ...
Having always borne in mind how inadequate he himself felt in comparison with
what the "drama" (i.e. Shakespeare) should be and do, why should he not have
treated this hollow, booming work as he did when he thought it was being given ...
... writings of Jakob Bohme and other mystics "acted in no slight degree to
prevent my mind from being imprisoned within the outline of any single dogmatic
system".5 One great hope then — and no one knew better than Coleridge how
"The pith of my system", said Coleridge two years before he died, "is to make the
senses out of the mind — not the mind out of the senses, as Locke did." 1 The
dialectic of matter and spirit, the "polar logic" of nature and mind, objective and ...
There was a natural correspondence between the mind and nature, symbolised
in art; both mind and nature (the mind itself viewed, in fact, as part of nature)
ultimately came from a primal creation. All things were seen in God, " 'in whom