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Biographia literaria

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Author), Adam Roberts (Editor)
A fully annotated critical edition of the Biographia. It includes a detailed Critical Introduction, a Textual Introduction, the text of the Biographia Literaria, including Coleridge's notes and editorial footnotes; Endnotes; and a Bibliography. It fully explains the genesis, the poetic and philosophical contexts and debates surrounding the text.
Print Book, English, 2014
Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2014
Criticism, interpretation, etc
clxv, 435 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780748692088, 0748692088
Ebook version
Machine generated contents note: BIOGRAPHIA LITERARIA
Volume 1
ch. 1 The motives to the present work-Reception of the Author's first publication
The discipline of his taste at school
The effect of contemporary writers on youthful minds
Bowles's sonnets
Comparison between the Poets before and since Mr. Pope
ch. 2 Supposed irritability of men of Genius
Brought to the test of Facts
Causes and Occasions of the charge
Its injustice
ch. 3 The author's obligations to critics, and the probable occasion
Principles of modern criticism
Mr. Southey's works and character
ch. 4 The lyrical ballads with the preface
Mr. Wordsworth's earlier poems
On fancy and imagination
The investigation of the distinction important to the fine arts
ch. 5 On the law of association
Its history traced from Aristotle to Hartley
ch. 6 That Hartley's system, as far as it differs from that of Aristotle, is neither tenable in theory, nor founded in facts Note continued: ch. 7 Of the necessary consequences of the Hartleian Theory
Of the original mistake or equivocation which procured admission for the theory
Memoria Technica
ch. 8 The system of Dualism introduced by Des Cartes
Refined first by Spinoza and afterwards by Leibnitz into the doctrine of Harmonia praestabilita
Materialism-Neither of these systems, on any possible theory of association, supplies or supersedes a theory of perception, or explains the formation of the [ect.] Note continued: ch. 9 Is philosophy possible as a science, and what are its conditions?
Giordano Bruno
Literary aristocracy, or the existence of a tacit compact among the learned as a privileged order
The author's obligations to the Mystics
to Emanuel Kant
The difference between the letter and the spirit of Kant's writings, and a vindication of prudence in the teaching of philosophy
Fichte's attempt to complete the critical system
Its partial success and ultimate failure
Obligations to Schelling; and among English writers to [ect.]
ch. 10 A chapter of digression and anecdotes, as an interlude preceding that on the nature and genesis of die imagination or plastic power
On pedantry and pedantic expressions
Advice to young authors respecting publication
Various anecdotes of the author's literary life, and the progress of his opinions in religion and [ect.] Note continued: ch. 11 An affectionate exhortation to those who in early life feel themselves disposed to become authors
ch. 12 A chapter of requests and premonitions concerning the perusal or omission of the chapter that follows
ch. 13 On die imagination, or esemplastic power
Volume 2
ch. 14 Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads, and die objects originally proposed
Preface to the second edition
The ensuing controversy, its causes and acrimony
Philosophic definitions of a poem and poetry with scholia
ch. 15 The specific symptoms of poetic power elucidated in a critical analysis of Shakspeare's Venus and Adonis, and Lucrece
ch. 16 Striking points of difference between the Poets of the present age and those of the 15th and 16th centuries
Wish expressed for the union of the characteristic merits of both Note continued: ch. 17 Examination of the tenets peculiar to Mr. Wordsworth
Rustic life (above all, low and rustic life) especially unfavorable to the formation of a human diction
The best parts of language the product of philosophers, not of clowns or shepherds
Poetry essentially ideal and generic
The language of Milton as much the language of real life, yea, incomparably more so than that of the [ect.]
ch. 18 Language of metrical composition, why and wherein essentially different from that of prose
Origin and elements of metre
Its necessary consequences, and the conditions thereby imposed on the metrical writer in the choice of his diction
ch. 19 Continuation
Concerning the real object which, it is probable, Mr. Wordsworth had before him in his critical preface
Elucidation and application of this
ch. 20 The former subject continued
The neutral style, or that common to Prose and Poetry, exemplified by specimens from Chaucer, Herbert, &c. Note continued: ch. 21 Remarks on the present mode of conducting critical journals
ch. 22 The characteristic defects of Wordsworth's poetry, with the principles from which the judgement, that they are defects, is deduced
Their proportion to the beauties-For the greatest part characteristic of his theory only
Satyrane's Letters
ch. 23 [Critique Of Bertram]
ch. 24 Conclusion
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