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Biographia Literaria is the sketch of human life on earth

Dec 10th 2015 at 1:40 AM

Everyone is free to express his views but it is only authors that make the best use of freedom of speech. History has produced many authors and everyone contributed to the growth of literature in one way or another.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an English poet, literary critic and philosopher wrote influential pieces of literary criticism that work as lighthouse even for present day writers. The book is Biographia Literaria and it contains critical essays on philosophies from Aristotle to Emanuel Kant. The book has great academic value and this is evident from the fact that it is included in academic discourses by universities.

Beauty of the book is author’s efforts to show his capabilities. The author presents himself as a superhuman that can see beyond the horizon and think where average people stop thinking. It is a thought provoking book first published in 1817. It comes in two volumes and it contains 23 chapters on different but interrelated topics. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that it makes a good read.

Coleridge beautifully related live species with each other. For example take a spider. He says that multiple legs of a spider represent different ideas like thesis and anti-thesis. It is only a learned and experienced person that can give such examples. These examples not only add simplicity to the writing but also make it interesting. Biographia Literaria gives complex ideas in simple manner.

Those who want to see life from close and understand the philosophy of life must read this book. None of the books describes like as beautifully as Coleridge did in his bestselling book. Thoughts he gave to the world are still relevant. There are many times when you will be disagreed with the author but also there are points that you will agree.

It is said that Coleridge was influenced from fellow writers. It could be true that is it is possible for a writer to get influenced from the authors who he reads but it won’t be right to say that Coleridge had no views of his own. Biographia Literaria is an example of an author thinking of life he sees and lives. He took examples of the animals and things we see in daily life.

The book delves on the complications of life and also tries presenting answers to all the queries. Problems are manmade and so are the answers. Coleridge says he is capable of answering all the questions that life throws to us.

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