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The Vale of Soulmaking
Author: Meg Harris Williams

ISBN: 9781855753105
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 14 February 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.7 x 2.1
Description:
"The Vale of Soul-Making" promises to become the text for post-Kleinian thought.. and the upshot of it all is to establish Mrs Klein as the first 'post-Kleinian'."-- Donald Meltzer

Poets have always seen themselves as inspired by their Muse. In this book this is taken literally, not just metaphorically, to be a faithful description of an internal identification with a teaching object or deity that governs the adventure of writing the poem. The central concern of the book is therefore the relationship of each individual poet with his Muse, as worked out "on the pulses" through the expressive qualities of poetic language. The awesome qualities of the internal Muse were discovered by Melanie Klein in the "combined object", and developed into a theory of knowledge by Wilfred Bion and Donald Meltzer, who have shown how "learning from experience" occurs by repeatedly confronting the aesthetic conflict evoked by the internal object at points of "catastrophic change" in mental evolution.
The impelling nature of the quest for knowledge of the inner world prompted Keats to describe the world ...

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