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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Know thyself: and so shalt thou know God, as far as is permitted to a creature,
and in God all things".1 There is no sense of blitheness or of avoiding an issue
when he defends the proposition "that true metaphysics are nothing else but true
organizing (as it were) the flux of the Senses by the permanence and self-circling
energies of the Reason, gives birth to a system of symbols, harmonious in
themselves, and consubstantial with the truths, of which they are the conductors.
"The pith of my system", said Coleridge two years before he died, "is to make the
senses out of the mind — not the mind out of the senses, as Locke did." 1 The
dialectic of matter and spirit, the "polar logic" of nature and mind, objective and ...
Its medium, whether in perception, art, or philosophy, is symbolic in the widest
sense of the word, for a symbol embodies an objective externality, a definite
shape or sign of recognition that becomes identified with the internal processes
of mind ...
... of the imagination to include more than its old task of the perception and
retention of sense images for re-presentation. ... the imagination was keeping its
elementary slot in faculty psychology between the senses and the understanding,