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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... (with "wild" as an example): [wild] A reading supplied by the editor. [?wild] An
uncertain reading. [?wild/ world] Possible alternative readings. 1wild1 A tentative
reading (owing to obliterations, torn paper, etc). [. . .] An illegible word or phrase.
... you already have, and their proper order.2 By "sides" Morgan refers to pages;
and the phrase "5 or 6 sheets" — as Daniel Fogel cogently argues — refers not to
printer's "sheets" in the technical sense, of which Morgan was probably ignorant ...
... and semantics found in Coleridge a prototype for what he was the first to call "
practical criticism" — a phrase appropriated by I. A. Richards for his Practical
Criticism (1929), which initiated the kind of close analysis of texts that we
Stewart (1814) u 436-7. that Matthew Arnold may have gleaned his phrase "
imaginative reason". Editors. Introduction. Ixxxvii.
that Matthew Arnold may have gleaned his phrase "imaginative reason". Neither
is the imagination simply and only a messenger; but is invested with, or at least
wise usurpeth no small authority in itself. . . . For we see that, in matters of faith ...