Thus , Richards emphasized the importance of close textual reading and warned against the dangers of sentimentality, generalizations, and lazy, careless reading. His work led to the New Criticism, which shaped literary analysis for much of the 20th century. His other writings include Coleridge on Imagination (1934), a study of the famous poet's theory of the imaginative faculty; Basic English and Its Uses (1943), which proposed that the entire world adopt 850 English words to facilitate worldwide communication; The Screens and Other Poems (1960); So Much Nearer (1968), a book of essays; and Internal Colloquies (1973), a collection of poems and plays.
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