Biographia Literaria, or, Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions - Chapter XIV - XVI Summary & Analysis

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While Coleridge was living next door to Wordsworth, he wrote 'Ancient Mariner" and other poems, as did Wordsworth. Coleridge felt he had achieved his ideal, even though he felt many of Wordsworth's poems were better than his.

Coleridge says that the technical process of philosophy is to separate the notions of truth into its distinguishable parts. They then must be restored to the whole from which they came and this is the result of philosophy. The same is true of poetry, according to Coleridge. The idea may be to communicate pleasure but the ultimate end must be either moral or intellectual. The poet should be enjoyable to the reader.

Poetry results from the poetic genius of the poet. It is involved in the solution to the nature of the poet. It expresses the tone and spirit of unity that...

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