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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One of his first thoughts in 1815 was, quite naturally, to draw on capital and pull
together what he had already written. ... that it would never have been thought of.
2 But it was naturally not the Preface that Coleridge himself would have written.
... so frequent, that with few exceptions we could scarcely either of us perhaps
positively say, which first started any particular Thought ... yet I am far from going
all lengths with Wordsworth. ... I rather suspect that some where or other there is
Yet the admired Wordsworth, far less troubled by such thoughts, had gone ahead
. He was ... Wordsworth could do this, as Coleridge thought, only by
concentrating on specific matters, which by definition meant excluding other aims
... to a combination of empirical thought and German transcendentalism, was
tacitly attempting, as he phrased it, "to complete the critical system"^ that Kant
himself admitted only to have begun, we should not disregard the Platonic
The development of the philosophical chapters, from materialism and
associationism to transcendentalism, ends — as Coleridge thought it should —
with God. No matter in what order he wrote the Biographia, he arranged that the