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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Yet there are also parts of the work in which he will fall into a defensive attitude ; and since defensiveness was never Coleridge's forte , he becomes indirect and often vulnerable . Moreover , at crucial moments , given his ...
For most of the Biographia was dictated to John Morgan , without whose help we might never have had it . To remember this will help to explain many characteristics of the book . THE IMMEDIATE BACKGROUND ( 1815 ) : ORIGINAL INTENTION OF ...
... he was wearied with references to " what is called Mr. Wordsworth's theory and his Preface " : I never cared a straw about the theory- & the Preface was written at the request of Coleridge out of sheer good nature — I recollect the ...
... the Preface to W's Lyrical Ballads [ such critics ] would themselves have never dreamt of affected Simplicity & Meanness of Thought & DictionThis Slang has gone on for 14 or 15 years , against us— & really deserves to be exposed ” .
Wordsworth , he could fairly argue , would never have heard of this important “ distinction ” –certainly would never have been able to make a large issue of it — had it not been for Coleridge . Wordsworth's new edition of the Poems and ...
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