Studies of Type-Images in Poetry, Religion, and Philosophy

Studies of Type-Images in Poetry, Religion, and Philosophy

Studies of Type-Images in Poetry, Religion, and Philosophy

Studies of Type-Images in Poetry, Religion, and Philosophy

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Of these studies -- or essays, as from their freely ranging character they might have been entitled -- a friend wrote to me: 'the important questions dealt with need considerably longer treatment'. I have been keenly conscious of the need not for greater length of treatment with my present resources, but for wider, more intimate knowledge than is within my power of history and world-literature in its whole range. Then the presence in human experience of those patterns I have termed archetypal, and the way they appear in varying imagery evolved by different races of men could, I believe, be more convincingly demonstrated.

Yet, realizing my inadequacy, I found that I must make the attempt to carry further what I had essayed to do in Archetypal Patterns in Poetry. If in the writing and reading of poetry such patterns and images are operative, equally they must be present in those religious and philosophic writings not named as poetry where men express their vision or theory of human capacity and the human condition, its origin and meaning. For those of us who cannot accept the dogmas of any religion as uniquely revealed by God, faith may be possible that the more universal ideas or patterns underlying these doctrines are God-given, their evolution into greater clarity and relevance to life part of the divine intention for man. In this faith the attempt, inadequate as it may be, to trace such patterns in world-literature and relate them to present need becomes part of our duty to God.

M. B.1950.

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