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 It is perhaps sufficient to refer to Coleridge's letter of 9 April 1814 (to Thomas
Curnick): the difficulties of the modern poet, facing the problem of what was left to
do in poetry, were such that "I myself have for many years past given it ...
... 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 the additional assurance that it could even be "the most entertaining to the
general Reader" unquestionably refers to the long Chapter 10, which becomes
frankly autobiographical, discursive, and anecdotal. It was an attempt to entertain,
... volume with "the last Copy I sent (I mean the distinction between Fancy & the
Imagination)". By "last Copy" he 1 VCL mss; see below, App C, n 286-7. refers to
the "philosophical" chapters, ending with Chapter 13, sent ...
He refers to his opposition as "the earth-clod philosophers". "The histories and
political economy of the present and preceding century partake in the general
contagion of its mechanic philosophy. "2 Could he not counteract this by