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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3 The truth is that Wordsworth, once embarked (however unwillingly) on the 1800
Preface, concentrated entirely on what applied to his own poetry or on aspects of
it that he felt needed a defence. No room at all was made for the kind of poetry ...
He was at once establishing a new path for poetry (encouraged constantly by
Coleridge) — a "philosophical" exploration of the "inner life" — and, at the same
time, he was prolific. Wordsworth could do this, as Coleridge thought, only by ...
LATER PROBLEMS AND ADDITIONS; PUBLICATION; RECEPTION The
Biographia, when Morgan dispatched it on 19 September 1815, was
approximately three-fourths of the work as we know it. Coleridge hoped to turn at
once to other ...
The audacity of this plan explains at once, more than anything else, the marked
virtues, the profundity, and the weak spots of the book. In contrast to the vague "
spiritual Light" that Coleridge felt abiding in his own "brain marrow as visible
In particular, the German rediscovery of Spinoza and the development of German
romantic pantheism attracted him deeply.1 German thought seemed to be doing
many things at once without losing its centripetal hold on the ideals of unity to ...