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“I will call th…

April 9, 2013

“I will call the one mode of artistic creation psychological, and the other visionary. The psychological mode deals with the materials drawn from the realm of human consciousness – for instance, with the lessons of life, with emotional shocks, the experience of passion and the crises of human destiny in general – all of which go to make up the conscious life of man, and his feeling life in particular. This material is psychically assimilated by the poet, raised from the commonplace to the level of poetic experience, and given an expression which forces the reader to greater clarity and depth of human insight by bringing fully into his consciousness what he ordinarily evades and overlooks or senses only with a feeling of dull discomfort. The poet’s work is an interpretation and illumination of the contents of consciousness, of the ineluctable experiences of human life with its eternally recurrent sorrow and joy.” C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Psychology and Literature

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