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This literary lifetime of the best-loved of all of the significant Romantic writers makes use of Coleridge's personal Biographia Literaria as its place to begin and vacation spot. the main sustained feedback and bold conception that had ever been tried in English, the Biographia was once Coleridge's significant assertion to an embattled literary tradition within which he sought to outline and guard, not only his personal, yet all resourceful lifestyles. This ebook bargains a examining of Coleridge and his lifestyles within the context of that tradition and the associations that comprised it, and is a 'must-read' for any pupil or pupil of Coleridge.

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George Sampson, for example, showed no compunction about offering his edition of chapters 1–4 and 14–22 in a popular abbreviation of 1920: Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria is a work of which a part is greater than the whole. It is fragmentary and discontinuous—a series of beginnings, with a conclusion that fits none of them. 15 As life writing, moreover, the Biographia has always been a frustrating document, a more than usually unstable mixture of autobiographical recovery and autobiographical cover-up.

In Boyer’s class, as well as looking at the Greek and Latin poets, ‘he made us read Shakespeare and Milton as lessons’ (BL I, 9). ’ dear to Rev. John Coleridge’s heart (CL I, 310). Still, with the exception only of mathematics, and here only at certain schools, nothing other than the learned languages was systematically studied. The Scottish universities and the Dissenting academies The extreme narrowness of the formal educational curriculum was not centrally prescribed, of course, because education would not become compulsory until 1870.

And the child wonder was petted for 16 Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Literary Life it – by his father, especially, and by the other villagers of every estate, high and low. Coleridge’s parents Coleridge remembered his father as a naive, benevolent, and eccentric character, likening him ‘in learning, good-heartedness, absentness of mind, & excessive ignorance of the world’ to Parson Adams in Henry Fielding’s novel Joseph Andrews (CL I, 310). Parson Adams is a rural clergyman touting his unreadable sermons with him about the countryside in search of a publisher and betrayed into one scrape after another by his own well-meaning and generous ineptitude.

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