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Biographia Literaria

How might one summarize the main ideas of chapter 17 of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Biographia Literaria?

Poetic studies often link Samuel Taylor Coleridge with poet William Wordsworth. In Biographia Literaria, Coleridge uses chapter 17 to highlight the differences between his poetry—the way poetry...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020 7:24 pm UTC

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What is Coleridge's idea of a good poet expressed in Biographia Literaria? Who among his contemporaries fits the...

To summarize Coleridge's own words (excerpt added above), a good poet inspires deep emotion through energizing the commonplace by instilling it with fresh perspective and newness: "in the balance...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2012 10:41 pm UTC

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What is the concept of meter and diction according to S.T. Coleridge in his Biographia Literaria?

In chapters 17 and 18 of Biographia Literaria, Coleridge is primarily concerned with either expanding on or, in fact, refuting the principles his friend Wordsworth had laid out in the preface to...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2018 2:58 am UTC

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In Coleridge's Biographia Literaria, about fancy and imagination he writes "the difference between the two is the...

In Coleridge's Biographia Literaria, Coleridge makes the assertion that the meanings of "fancy" and "imagination" can not be used synonymously but rather are two distinct words that carry two...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 11:20 pm UTC

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What are the differences between Wordsworth and Coleridge according to Biographia Literaria, and what are their clashes?

Coleridge, in Biographia Literaria, differs with his friend Wordsworth chiefly about the appropriate kind of language to use when writing poetry. In his Preface to Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2018 5:47 am UTC

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what does 'Biographia literaria'mean

Biographa Literaria, which literally means "Literary Biography," was written by the Romantic Period poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the full title is Biographia Literaria; or, Biographical...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2012 9:45 pm UTC

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Discuss Coleridge's major contentions with Wordsworth in Biographia Literaria?

While Coleridge discussed the role of meter, style, and nature, major contentions with Wordsworth's statements in his "Preface" focused on imagination and fancy, the idealization of rural life, and...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 1:49 am UTC

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In Biographia Literaria, to what extent can Coleridge's view about what distinguishes a poem from poetry be supported?

Critics generally agree that this section of his critical work is one of Coleridge's more abstruse sections that is rather unclear on the difference between poetry and poem, although this is...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2013 7:32 am UTC

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What is the significance of the letter in chapter 13?

The letter in chapter 13 is there to explain why Coleridge's description of the primary and secondary imagination in this chapter is so fragmentary and incomplete, or, as the letter puts it: You...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2019 8:27 pm UTC

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How does Coleridge define the nature and function of poetry?

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...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 4:21 am UTC

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The Biographia Literaria touches a new high watermark in literary criticism. Discuss.

This is a very interesting question to consider. Certainly this work marks Coleridge as a critic of similar powers and analysis to his predecessors in English literature, such as Sidney, Dryden and...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2013 9:34 am UTC

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Comment on Coleridge as a critic based on his Biographia Literaria.

One of the reasons why Coleridge's text on criticism is so famous is because he is able to show a shrewd understanding of the relative merits of various poets as he reflects on his own education...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2013 7:50 am UTC

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Discuss the relative merits and weaknesses of Coleridge's Biographia Literaria.

This important work of criticism has been singled out in terms of its importance in marking the Romantic literary age. In it, Coleridge seeks to explore how the concept of literature has changed...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2013 9:48 am UTC

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Examine Coleridge's idea on the organic unity of poetry as discussed in chapter 14 of the Biographia Literaria.

In evaluating a poem, Coleridge looks at it in holistic terms as a unity in which all the parts are joined together to form a satisfying whole. Every single line, every last word, should serve the...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 7:23 am UTC

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Comment on faculty of imagination as explained by Coleridge in his Biographia Literaria.

One of the key arguments that Coleridge outlines in this important work of criticism is his own interpretation of the word "imagination" and its importance in the creative process. For Coleridge,...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2013 7:40 am UTC

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How would you explain Coleridge's take on metaphysics in Chapter 12? Does he believe in a simple outlook based on the...

Coleridge does make a distinction between philosophers and everybody else. He says that not everyone can be or needs to be a philosopher, but philosophers do attempt to understand things...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2015 6:26 pm UTC

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What is a summary of chapter 14 of Coleridge's Biographia Literaria?

Chapter 14 of the Biographia Literaria begins with Coleridge describing the origins of the Lyrical Ballads. He says that he and Wordsworth agreed to compose a volume of poems in which Wordsworth...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019 5:43 am UTC

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Examine how Coleridge sees poetry is a mode of knowledge.

I think that Coleridge does view poetry as a source of knowledge. One of Coleridge's primary points is the idea that poetic analysis and poetic expression can represent a way in which one knows...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2012 1:33 pm UTC

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Please help me understand Chapter 11 of the Biographia Literaria by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

In writing Biogrphia Literaria, Coleridge wanted to express his beliefs on the true nature of poetry and how it requires a poet to embrace all his own philosophies, understanding, imagination and...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2013 9:14 am UTC

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Defining the role of a critic remains always a negotiation between possibility and impossibility. Based on the...

All three of these men wrote both poetry and criticism (or expressed critical opinions in their poetry) during periods of transition in English literature and in Western literature overall. If I...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2018 3:58 am UTC

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