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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... partly from the growing congestive heart disease that was to trouble him
henceforth, and partly because, in his anxiety, he began to use more laudanum
while also struggling against it — the attempts to cut down on it invariably
producing the ...
... thirteenth chapter he promises that his results in the philosophical chapters so
far, substantiated by the theses of Chapter 12, "will be applied to the deduction of
the Imagination, and with it the principles of production and of genial criticism in ...
Well before it produced Coleridge himself (1772), it had already created the "
romantic" interests in imagination, genius, "passion", "natural language",
suggestiveness, originality, and sincerity that were to dominate British (and much
The Biographia was partially a defence of the conduct and opinions such a life
produced. On the track of the highest causes of things and of ideas, Coleridge
concluded that their causes were, metaphysically speaking, identical. He was
Such alienation and paralysis reflected, for one thing, the dejection and personal
hopelessness he was trying gallantly to escape by working and producing again.
That activity itself, that imagination, was the main reason for the bright view ...