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Poetry and Human Growth

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Abstract:

Relying on some of the insights of Jungian psychology, this paper analyses the confusion in the language of political economy in Britain which generates and sustains moral infantilism in the civil polity. It goes on to suggest that both politicians and educators are, or perceive themselves to be, powerless to arrest the progress of the transnational juggernaut which has displaced government as the sustainer of individual and collective aspiration. As an antidote to these movements, the paper offers a rehabilitated understanding of the power of the poetic imagination in equipping the individual with control over her or his own decision-making. The power on offer is rooted in the development of Verstehen as a method of engagement which embraces emotionality, ambiguity and provisionality. Finally, it explores some of the pedagogical implications of this thinking.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/030572499103034

Publication date: 1999-12-01

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