Poetry And The Individual; An Analysis Of The Imaginative Life In Relation To The Creative Spirit In Man And Nature by Hartley Burr AlexanderPoetry And The Individual; An Analysis Of The Imaginative Life In Relation To The Creative Spirit In Man And Nature by Hartley Burr Alexander

Poetry And The Individual; An Analysis Of The Imaginative Life In Relation To The Creative Spirit…

byHartley Burr Alexander

Paperback | January 11, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... suggest, even to the mind that brought it forth, the spirit's whole intention. Beauty is our most perfect realisation of the dim-visioned nature, but even in what beauty grants more is denied; the fabric of reality which is its vesture and its substance, though not its illumining soul, sets seal of insufficiency upon all its attainment; all that beauty gives is a tantalising wraith of more ethereal beatitude. That is why in all beauty is a wistfulness and sorrow; but that is why beauty is eternal, too, for each attainment limns ideals beyond and so gives promise of infinitudes of charm. But this very infinity imbues us with that eager aspiration which is the mainspring of imaginative activity and so the secret of our growing life. II--THE ELEMENTS OF IMAGINATION What at first sight would seem to be the easiest and surest of all studies, the introspective study of mental processes, is in reality the most toilsome and uncertain. Accurate observation requires an unbiased mind; but the very nature of some mental phenomena is mental bias, while every emotion vitiates and-colours the state of mind of which it forms a part. Introspective impartiality, therefore, seldom if ever co-exists with the psychical activities which are the object of introspective interest. Such activities always have to be observed retrospectively, either in memory or in half vision of their fleeing forms; our best are but scant glimpses of tergant fugitives. Most difficult of all is introspection of synthetic processes of mind, and especially of imaginative synthesis. There is a natural antithesis between analytical observation and that free yielding to creative impulse which fills the mind with dazzling phantasmagoria. Not the most tentative rapprochement of the two states is possible; they ar...
Title:Poetry And The Individual; An Analysis Of The Imaginative Life In Relation To The Creative Spirit…Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217786030

ISBN - 13:9780217786034

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