The great outburst of literary theory in the eighteenth century was instrumental in establishing literary theory in the nineteenth century as an area of intellectual activity. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, more than anyone transformed both the status and the nature of literary theory. Arguing that questions about poetry and literature could lead to a structured system of assessment and judgements that had a validity that was different only in degree from that found in the physical sciences, Coleridge gave new authority to the "imaginative sciences".The texts reprinted in this set cogently represent the emergence of literary theory as a new branch of literature.
Lectures on Poetry  James Montgomery 404pp Treatises on Poetry, Modern Romance, and Rhetoric; being the Articles under those heads, Contributed to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 7th Edition  George Moir and William Spalding 383pp Imagination and Fancy  Leigh Hunt 357pp Poetics: An Essay on Poetry  Eneas Sweetland Dallas 302pp "The English Language" in the North British Review  25pp The Nature and Elements of Poetry  E C Stedman 358pp "Sacred Poetry" in the Quarterly Review, xxxii,  John Keble 21pp "On English Tragedy" in the Edinburgh Review  31pp "On English Poetry" in The Edinburgh Review  33pp "A Defence of Poetry" in The Edinburgh Review  Brian Waller Proctor 20pp "Poetry, with Reference to Aristotle's Poetics" in The London Review  John Henry Newman 18pp "What is Poetry?" 10pp "The Two Kinds of Poetry" 10pp in the Monthly Repository  John Stuart Mill "Theories of Poetry and a New Poet" in the North British Reviews, David Masson 47pp