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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By the beginning of our own century the prestige of the work, at least in the
English-speaking world, had risen to a level that could be expressed by two
quotations. The more moderate (1906) is a remark of Arthur Symons: The
This Slang has gone on for 14 or Cf his remark to RS (9 Feb 1813), 15 years,
against us — & really de- speaking about reviews of his play serves to be
exposed". CL m 433. Cf Remorse, attacking him for "senti- CN \ 1673 and n. as
sponsor for ...
a vital bearing on the character of the book — its flow, its varying textures (for we
must use the plural in speaking of this book), and, above all, its structure. The last
consideration — the order in which the book was written — is of special interest ...
... tending to concentrate — when not speaking of Coleridge's character or his
career as a whole — on three things in particular: the lack of organisation;
Coleridge's own disparaging comments on reviewing, which naturally aroused a
desire to ...
Hazlitt has been speaking of Coleridge's early poetic interests: . . . Mr. Coleridge
has ever since, from the combined forces of poetic levity and metaphysic bathos,
been trying to fly, not in the air, but under ground — playing at hawk and buzzard