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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LCC 83-63186 The Collected Works constitutes the seventy-fifth publication in
Bollingen Series The present paperback edition, number 7 of the Collected
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The motives of the present work — Reception of the Author's first publication —
The discipline of his taste at school — The effect of contemporary writers on
youthful minds — Bowles's sonnets — Comparison between the Poets before
Striking points of difference between the Poets of the present age and those of
the 15th and 16th centuries — Wish expressed for the union of the characteristic
merits of both 29 Chapter 17. Examination of the tenets peculiar to Mr.
But we became increasingly convinced that the only method of clarifying this
subject was to present the detail with completeness in the annotation itself, where
, on each page, immediate comparison with Coleridge's own text can be made.
In contrast to the annotation, an Introduction to the Biographia presents an almost
directly opposite, as well as a simpler, problem. The real commentary on the
intellectual content of the Biographia is to be found in the large number of books