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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Coleridge designates it as a force or power, an energy that transforms and
blends idea and image, thought and thing. It connects external nature to the acts
of reflection performed by the inner life of the self-conscious mind.4 1 Ch 12,
Samuel Taylor Coleridge James Engell, Walter Jackson Bate. self and the world.
"An IDEA, in the highest sense of that word, cannot be conveyed but by a symbol"
.1 The imagination also "is at once both active and passive" on all its levels.
From Gerard (also a source for Kant) Tetens took the idea that genius reveals the
highest form of imagination. ... Tetens was also going back to Christian Wolff for
ideas about the imagination as a power with more than one level.
... a "power" that "acts voluntarily" and joins simple ideas and images into larger
and more complex wholes. Very likely Locke served as one source for Wolff's
discussions.2 While Locke's followers and Berkeley continued the empirical
The "association of ideas" comes into play, but Coleridge warns that neither
materialism nor "any possible theory of association, supplies or supersedes a
theory of perception, or explains the formation of the associate".1 It is the primary
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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