Biographia Literaria, Or, Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions, Parte1
Princeton University Press, 1984 - 409 páginas
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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For the Biographia is so much at the centre of most of Coleridge's greater prose writings , particularly his literary criticism , that one can hardly discuss a single significant topic raised in the Biographia unless one also moves to ...
Hence his intention to bring out a volume of poems hitherto uncollected in book form , and to introduce it with a " Preface " in which he hoped to discuss his general principles of poetry . From the start he was thinking , as a ...
2 Meanwhile Coleridge had himself thought , and continued in the following years to think , of writing a formal discussion of his views on poetry . This was something that naturally engaged him deeply .
Worst of all , in the new Preface he devoted a good deal of discussion to the distinction between “ fancy ” and “ imagination ” , which Coleridge considered to be far less Wordsworth's property than his own .
The culmination of this philosophical ” section was to be the discussion of the imagination , or esemplastic power ” , but there was no time left . Morgan had told Gutch in August that the work would be ready almost immediately .
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