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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Considering how central these chapters are to our understanding of Coleridge's
thought as a whole, how crammed they are with allusions of every kind, and
weighted by the problem of sources we have mentioned, the increase in
The discipline of my Understanding at School. — Chapter II. Are Authors an
especially irritable Race? and what Authors? Of Reviewers and Reviews — .
Chapter III. Neither the Writer's, nor Mr Southey's Publications the true cause or
... creative imagination "in action by the will and understanding"; when he
distinguishes the "creative words in the world of imagination" from those that are
not; and when he explains that there is a "philosophic imagination" and "a
As the eighteenth century progressed, the imagination was keeping its
elementary slot in faculty psychology between the senses and the understanding,
but was also being credited with artistic creativity. And when, in the 1780s and
It "unifies" by bringing together sensory data into larger units of understanding, a
process that in Coleridge parallels Kant's "unity of the manifold". The "secondary"
imagination is basically the creative or poetic imagination. Coleridge knew that ...