Acts of Implication: Suggestion and Covert Meaning in the by Irvin Ehrenpreis
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38. 103 Aiura, 'Recurring Symbols,' p. 41. MacDonald's respect for Goethe is evident in the naming of his book Diary of an Old Soul, which so closely resembles the title of the work found in Goethe's Meister: 'Tagebuch einer schönen Seele' ('Diary of a Beautiful Soul'); John Neubauer, Novalis (Boston, MA, 1980), p. 129. 104 Phillips, George MacDonald, p. 118. J. Scott was among the recipients of this translation of Novalis's work, and he acknowledged his own appreciation for it, saying Novalis was an 'old friend'; Raeper, George MacDonald, p.
P. 44. , p. 47. 58 It is interesting to note that Paul Ricoeur in his writing on metaphor leans on Coleridge's understanding of the imagination in its role of creating reciprocity and growth in the midst of bipolar tension; P. Ricoeur, The Rule of Metaphor, trans. Robert Czerny (Toronto, Ontario, 1977), p. 249. 34 Baptized Imagination which discerns and maintains harmony between form and content, between medium and message, and between inner and outer worlds. The way in which 'polarity' is used interpretatively for nature, for human thought, as well as in divine apprehension, raises the question of whether the principle of polarity is granted too heavy an epistemological burden.
102 Furthermore, Goethe's influence on MacDonald is evident in his establishment of the place of the hero's moral development in the real world, and his exaltation of the mystery and nobility of womanhood. 103 The focus of this section will be on Novalis, who combined many of these emphases, was a conduit for the influence of Schleiermacher on MacDonald, and who is acknowledged as among the most influential of all European writers on him. 104 a. The Appeal of Novalis to MacDonald MacDonald's deep appreciation for Novalis is evident particularly for his Geistliche Lieder (Spiritual Songs), twelve of which MacDonald translated and gave as Christmas presents to his close friends in 1851, and which over the next forty-five years he reworked at least three times.