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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The true expression of disdain, as Samuel Johnson was fond of saying, is neglect
. Within the first thirty years after the book was published, most of the charges that
could be made against it had already been made. These essentially come ...
(it being too late to recur to the original plan) I have no way to remedy it, but by
writing a hundred and fifty pages additional — on what, I am left to discover —
And the perplexity of planning, and the labor of executing this, are the true and
... which the true philosopher, as Coleridge felt, is forever dedicated. It welcomed
every discovery and nuance of science and of psychology. Above all it had
evolved a new philosophy of "organicism", in which the "many" (individuality,
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
On another plane, the new critical philosophy from Germany realigned everything
to an altered and truer bearing, correcting, so to speak, the difference between
the magnetic and true north. Reason, aesthetics, even religion gained by it.