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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Coleridge manuscripts, where quoted, are printed literatim, including
cancellations, except that "it's", "its' ", "your's", and "yours' " have been
standardised to "its" and "yours". The following symbols are also used in quoting
from mss (with "wild" ...
... quoted. TWC The Wordsworth Circle (Philadelphia 1970- ). V & A Victoria and
Albert Museum, London VCL Victoria College Library, University of Toronto
Watchman (CQ S. T. Coleridge The Watchman ed Lewis Patton (London &
And the passage from Paradise Lost that Coleridge is fond of quoting, and uses
to begin Chapter 13, ends with a scale of being that aspires to a place whence
the soule Reason receives, and reason is her being, Discursive, or Intuitive .
... which Coleridge is fond of quoting — "simple, sensuous, and passionate".
Much the same values are championed a generation later by Matthew Arnold in
contrasting the "classical" and the "modern", and again by the "High Modernist"
... as exhaustively as we could for the Biographia. As we proceeded, we found
the subject increasingly complex. For example, Coleridge at times translates or
paraphrases from an author who, in turn, was himself quoting or paraphrasing