Emerson as Mythmaker

Emerson as Mythmaker

Emerson as Mythmaker

Emerson as Mythmaker

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INSPIRATION ARISES from the concentration of the whole self on a point of interest.Since this book, intended for the modern reader familiar with the poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson, is concerned with the ways of creative activity in the intuitive mind of Emerson, as compared with the typically rationalistic contemporary mind, it examines at the outset those recent theories of the nature of man and his creative imagination which have shaped the attitudes of modern readers toward the artist and the sources of his inspiration.In certain ways Emerson anticipated psychological interpretations of the whole self of man, yet he differs significantly from some of the beliefs held by such psychologists as Sigmund Freud or Carl G. Jung.This study begins, then, with current concepts of man and his creative life as they bear particularly on Emerson's evaluation of the human being in his role as creator.Contrary to much modern thought, Emerson believed man's imagination springs from ultimately reliable intuitive sources existing constantly in human nature.Only intuition can plumb these creative depths beyond the reach of conscious searching. At the same time Emerson was convinced that the consciousness of man, aware of the value of unconscious intuitional life . . .

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