First Published in 2001. This is Volume 3 of the Selected Works of I.A. Richards from 1919 to 1938 and concerns itself with the principles of literary criticism from 1924.

part |2 pages

Principles of Literary Criticism

chapter 1|5 pages

The Chaos of Critical Theories

chapter 2|7 pages

The Phantom Aesthetic State

chapter 3|6 pages

The Language of Criticism

chapter 4|8 pages

Communication and the Artist

chapter 5|4 pages

The Critics’ Concern with Value

chapter 6|5 pages

Value as an Ultimate Idea

chapter 7|12 pages

A Psychological Theory of Value

chapter 8|4 pages

Art and Morals

chapter 9|7 pages

Actual and Possible Misapprehensions

chapter 10|8 pages

Poetry for Poetry’s Sake

chapter 11|9 pages

A Sketch for a Psychology

chapter 12|6 pages


chapter 13|5 pages

Emotion and the Coenesthesia

chapter 14|3 pages


chapter 15|6 pages


chapter 16|17 pages

The Analysis of a Poem

chapter 17|11 pages

Rhythm and Metre

chapter 18|12 pages

On Looking at a Picture

chapter 19|6 pages

Sculpture and the Construction Form

chapter 20|6 pages

The Impasse of Musical Theory

chapter 21|5 pages

A Theory of Communication

chapter 23|4 pages

Tolstoy’s Infection Theory

chapter 24|8 pages

The Normality of the Artist

chapter 25|7 pages

Badness in Poetry

chapter 26|3 pages

Judgement and Divergent Readings

chapter 27|4 pages

Levels of Response and the Width of Appeal

chapter 28|5 pages

The Allusiveness of Modern Poetry

chapter 29|3 pages

Permanence as a Criterion

chapter 30|5 pages

The Definition of a Poem

chapter 31|9 pages

Art, Play, and Civilization

chapter 32|12 pages

The Imagination

chapter 33|6 pages

Truth and Revelation Theories

chapter 34|10 pages

The Two Uses of Language

chapter 35|15 pages

Poetry and Beliefs

chapter |2 pages

Appendix A. On Value

chapter 1|1 pages

The Chaos of Critical Theories

chapter 3|1 pages

The Language of Criticism

chapter 6|1 pages

Value as an Ultimate Idea

chapter 9|1 pages

Actual and Possible Misapprehensions

chapter 12|2 pages

Chapter Twelve.

part |2 pages

Editorial Appendix 3. Science and Poetry, 1926

chapter |6 pages

Editorial Note

chapter |6 pages

Textual Note

chapter 1|3 pages

The General Situation

chapter 2|11 pages

The Poetic Experience

chapter 3|5 pages

What is Valuable

chapter 4|2 pages

The Command of Life

chapter 5|6 pages

The Neutralization of Nature

chapter 6|7 pages

Poetry and Beliefs

chapter 7|9 pages

Some Contemporary Poets