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versy on poetic diction. It will hardly be necessary to add that for such errors as I have fallen into I am alone and entirely responsible. My acknowledgements are also due to the Trustees of Dr. Williams's Library for kindly allowing me to consult the manuscript of H. C. Robinson's Diaries; while to the readers of the Clarendon Press I am indebted for much valuable assistance in the correction of proofs.

The circumstances leading to the composition of the Biographia Literaria could not be fully dealt with in the Introduction itself without too marked a digression from the main theme. I have therefore made them the subject of a Supplementary Note, which will be found appended to the Introduction.

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CHAPTER XII.-A chapter of requests and premonitions
concerning the perusal or omission of the chapter that
follows

CHAPTER XIII.-On the imagination, or esemplastic power

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BIOGRAPHIA LITERARIA

CHAPTER XIV.-Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads, and the
objects originally proposed-Preface to the second
edition-The ensuing controversy, its causes and
acrimony-Philosophic definitions of a poem and
poetry with scholia

CHAPTER XV.-The specific symptoms of poetic power
elucidated in a critical analysis of Shakespeare's Venus
and Adonis, and Lucrece

CHAPTER XVI.-Striking points of difference between the
Poets of the present age and those of the 15th and
16th centuries-Wish expressed for the union of the
characteristic merits of both

CHAPTER XVII.-Examination of the tenets peculiar to
Mr. Wordsworth--Rustic life (above all, low and rustic
life) especially unfavorable to the formation of a human
diction-The best parts of language the product of
philosophers, not of clowns or shepherds-Poetry
essentially ideal and generic-The language of Milton
as much the language of real life, yea, incomparably
more so than that of the cottager

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