Sub Topics: The evolution of fundamentally new critical principles in literature is the main achievement of Coleridge's Biographia literaria
Key Words: Definition of Primary imagination, Secondary Imagination, Willing suspension of disbelief, Organic wholeness of a poem and Fancy, Criticism, Biographia literaria
Samuel Taylor Coleridge on a trip the European continent lost his early sympathy with political radicalism and became interested in German philosophy, especially the 18th-century idealism of Immanuel Kant and the 17th-century mystical writings of Jakob Boehme, and in the literary criticism of the 18th-century dramatist G. E. Lessing. These studies made Coleridge the most influential English interpreter of German romanticism. Coleridge returned to England in 1806. Between 1808 and 1819 he gave his famous series of lectures on literature and philosophy; the lectures on Shakespeare were partly responsible for a renewed interest in the playwright.