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Carl Jung: Real poets create out of an inner vision


letters Vol. II

To Attila Faj

Dear Doctor Faj: September 1957

M y best thanks for your kindness in sending me your article on the Madach question in Osservatore letterario and the German abstract “Word and Truth” in the Monatsschrift fur Religion und Kultur.

I do not know Madach’s work “The Tragedy of Man,” and your statements regarding its contents have enabled me to understand what these visions mean to the Hungarian people.

The fact is that real poets create out of an inner vision which, being timeless, also unveils the future, if not in actualities at least symbolically.

It is interesting that such an urgently warning voice was raised just when, in the middle of the last century, the “age of technology” really began.

As in Goethe’s Faust, here too it is the feminine element (Eve) that knows about the secret which can work against the total destruction of mankind, or man’s despair in the face of such a development.

Perhaps someday there will appear a poet courageous enough to give expression to the voices of the “mothers.”

So far only one has come within my sight-to be sure, not to whom one can ascribe world-dimension-namely the Austrian emigrant Hermann Broch.

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 386-387