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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The attraction of the total and undivided philosophy was, as its name implied, that
it could fulfil many ideals at once. The Platonic and Neoplatonic could find a
home in the hierarchical structure, in their emphasis on the interpenetration of ...
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.
Works I should say — Once & all read Tetens, Kant, Fichte, &c — & there you will
trace or if you are on the hunt, track me.1 But Tetens himself relied directly, too,
on someone else. As he states in a note full of praise, this is the Scot Alexander ...
In approaching the language of poetry, he is able at once to see the image, the
metaphor, the structure, the cadence, with what (in a fine phrase he anglicises
from the German) he himself calls the "armed vision" of broad and diverse ...
Near the close of this remarkable and long paragraph comes the equally famous
remark that he regards truth "as a divine ventriloquist".1 Coleridge veers a
delicate, an almost contradictory course; he appears at once to give a great deal
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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