The Hermit Poet

January 14, 2005

The Impact of the Archetype

Filed under: General — Neil Aitken @ 1:10 pm

The impact of the archetype, whether it takes the form of immediate experience or is expressed through the spoken word, stirs us because it summons up a voice that is stronger than our own. Whoever speaks in primordial images speaks with a thousand voices; he enthrals and overpowers, while at the same time he lifts the idea he is seeking to express out of the occasional and the transitory into the realm of the ever-enduring. He transmutes our personal destiny into the destiny of mankind, and evokes in us all those beneficient forces that ever and anon have enabled humanity to find a refuge from every peril and to outlive the longest night.

~ C.G. Jung. “On the Relation of Analytical Psychology to Poetry,” in The Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature

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