How does Coleridge define the nature and function of poetry?

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In chapter 14 of the Biographia Literaria, Samuel Taylor Coleridge provides criteria for the definition of a poem and of poetry. He comments on the qualities contained in a poem, such as rhyme or meter, and then notes that any given work that contains these elements may be considered a poem, depending on the perspective of its reader, even if Coleridge or another person might disagree. Much depends on the writer’s intention and on the spirit that the reader derives from reading the work.

Nevertheless, defining a poem is not the same as defining poetry. Poems need not utilize...

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