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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sundry rotten mackerel & other smashy matters",1 the idea of philosophic
principles, if not the principles themselves, could act like a lens to focus and
direct this higher, more diffuse "spiritual Light" that possessed "an affinity with all
things".2 In ...
... be seen in his use of a favourite quotation from Paradise Lost at the beginning
of Chapter 13, the opening of which gives the essence: O Adam, One Almighty is,
from whom All things proceed, and up to him return, If not depraved from good .
Leibniz's pre-established harmony might work, but, if so, only by fiat, by a sort of
incantation or spell that was supposed to banish the thing. For Coleridge dualism
implied a universe that was "lifeless and godless". He faults Descartes' "I think ...
Such alienation and paralysis reflected, for one thing, the dejection and personal
hopelessness he was trying gallantly to ... All things were seen in God, " 'in whom
we live, and move, and have our being' ".1 As imaginative acts of the mind ...
Leibniz contends that things in nature cannot account for their own being or flux.
Even the "metaphysical principles" of cause and effect, action and reaction,
cannot account for the full truth of corporeal things. "Some principle", says Leibniz