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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... accompanied by general "appreciationism", through the "history of ideas", the "
New Criticism" with its emphasis on image and metaphor, and the larger
formalisms that have concentrated on genre, to more specialised approaches:
Art becomes the living image rather than the abstract explanation of higher truths.
The Scriptures contain the living educts of the Imagination; of that reconciling and
mediatory power, which incorporating the Reason in Images of the Sense, and ...
Coleridge designates it as a force or power, an energy that transforms and
blends idea and image, thought and thing. It connects external nature to the acts
of reflection performed by the inner life of the self-conscious mind.4 1 Ch 12,
But language, numbers, and mental images are all symbolic reflections of what
we originally perceive. (Coleridge came to believe that our symbols of perception
are constitutive with nature; they truly represent the ideal form and divine power ...
It is typical of Coleridge that to communicate this idea of the active and passive
nature of the imagination he employs an image, a symbol or "emblem". His
emblem is an example of his own theory that perception, art, and philosophy can
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