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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So Coleridge proclaims Wordsworth capable of writing "the first genuine
philosophic poem", and in discussing "the highest and intuitive knowledge" in
Chapter 12 he describes it by using Wordsworth's line The vision and the faculty
There is no guarantee of knowledge. However, as a transcendental concept (this
is stressed by Coleridge in Chapter 12), the philosophic imagination, the power
of "self-intuition", could be said to originate with Kant. Then it is Fichte, not ...
(4) "Depth, and energy of thought": knowledge genuinely digested and absorbed
into "habitual feelings". This again is a quality Wordsworth possesses, though,
when compared with the greatest poets, only in a limited compass. His "practical
Maass came to represent detailed scholarship and knowledge of a kind that
many British empiricists and psychologists lacked, a shortcoming that made them
seem to Coleridge proud, superficial, or — like Hartley — pious but misguided
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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