Objective: Chapter I Coleridge states that his name is popular despite the fact that he has tried to distance himself from the rest of the world. This lesson will analyze the reasons why Coleridge might have written this biography.
1. Class Discussion: Why do you think Coleridge feels it is necessary to address controversy? What do you think Coleridge means when he uses the word controversy? Is he addressing controversy in writing this biography? What does Coleridge say about the true nature of poetry and poets? What does the reader learn about Coleridge's true nature?
2. Group Discussion: What are characteristics of a typical biography? What characteristics of a biography does this one have? What does this say about Coleridge's character and desire to share his biography? What is different about Coleridge's Biographia Literaria in comparison to other biographies?
3. Writing Assignment: Considering Coleridge's desire to address controversy regarding the...
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