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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Continuation — Concerning the real object which, it is probable, Mr. Wordsworth
had before him, in his critical preface — Elucidation and application of this — The
neutral style, or that common to Prose and Poetry, exemplified by specimens ...
As time passed he mentalities, puerilities, whinings, and also had a personal
incentive to dis- meannesses (both of style & sociate himself from the Preface to
thought)": "if it had not been for LB (1800). This was his belief that the Preface to
Coleridge is without question the most philosophically oriented and informed
critic in the English-speaking world who also (the qualification should be
emphasised) possesses the close empirical sense of style for which English "
It is the lucidity with which Coleridge expresses this concept of style, and, in his
practical criticism, exemplifies it, that has particularly endeared him to writers and
critics of the last two generations, more especially since he is constantly offering ...
... we continue to do this even after we have been shown, repeatedly and in detail
, that we are oversimplifying. Coleridge admits that the Preface is not a fixed and
literal credo. Wordsworth's purpose was to correct abuses in poetic style that he ...