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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Of greater interest, by far, is the kind of book it had become (or had almost
become). No form of writing came more easily and habitually to Coleridge than
the apologia, however brilliantly he could transcend the form. Here the situation,
There may be already too much "metaphysical disquisition" for a work of this kind:
In that greater work to which you have devoted so many years, and study so
intense and various, it will be in its proper place. Your prospectus will have ...
... which initiated the kind of close analysis of texts that we associate with both the
"New Criticism" and the varieties of analytic criticism developing from it. On the
other hand, the interest in the theoretical foundations of art is also in part derived
3 The imagination thus performs three syntheses that are the same in kind but
that differ in degree. Coleridge introduces "potence" in Chapter 12 with the hope
of explaining this difference in degree within the one general activity. "First" or ...
Yet Coleridge stresses that the imagination, "in all its degrees and determinations
", always has certain qualities and remains one kind of power. It creates and
communicates through symbols. Its medium, whether in perception, art, ...
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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