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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Wolff's Psychologia empirica (1732) and Psychologia rationalis (1734) divide the
imaging power into imaginatio, which reproduces images, and into a separate
facultas fingendi, which blends and joins images into new and simple wholes.
... and Akenside, soon would), at least Locke spoke of imagination as a
perceiving power that operates spontaneously but also of a "power" that "acts
voluntarily" and joins simple ideas and images into larger and more complex
From a series of sense images not necessarily visual the primary imagination
forms an intelligible view of the world. Organising and sifting disparate
sensations and stimuli, something that the senses alone could never do, it
presents the self ...
The secondary imagination creates new images and symbols and through these
it reconciles the self- conscious mind to that picture of the world already formed
involuntarily and provided by the primary imagination. The process of art joins ...
The Latin imaginatio, with its stress on the concrete and sensory (from the root-
word "image"), was the inferior power.2 We still find echoes of this as late as the
early 1800s.3 Two factors explain the reversal. At the height of seventeenth- ...
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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