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inspiration

Biology the act or process of inhaling; breathing in

Inspiration

 

a psychological state characterized by sharply increased activation of the inner personality, a strong emotional upsurge, and a straining of the spiritual and physical powers. Inspiration is one of the main precursors to creative process and is closely related to a great effort to concentrate with the simultaneous utilization of memory, imagination, and intense thought processes. All this is usually accompanied by the orientation of the personality toward a sharply restricted aim and the exclusion from its attention of everything not having a direct relation to the creative task to be resolved.

REFERENCES

Woodworth, R. S. Eksperimental’naia psikhologiia. Moscow, 1950. Chapter 25. (Translated from English.)
Petrovskii, A. V. Rol’fantazii v razvitii lichnosti. Moscow, 1961.

A. V. PETROVSKII

inspiration

[‚in·spə′rā·shən]
(physiology)
The drawing in of the breath.

Inspiration

Aganippe
fountain at foot of Mt. Helicon, consecrated to Muses. [Gk. Myth.: LLEI, I: 322]
angelica
traditional representation of inspiration. [Herb Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 164]
Calliope
Muse of heroic poetry. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 47]
Castalia
Parnassian spring; regarded as source of inspiration. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 52]
Clio
Muse of history. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 64]
dove
source of afflatus. [Art: Hall, 161]
Dulcinea
(del Toboso) country girl, whom Quixote apotheosizes as guiding light. [Span. Lit.: Don Quixote]
Erato
Muse of lyric poetry, love poetry, and marriage songs. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 97]
Euterpe
Muse of music and lyric poetry. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmer-man, 105]
Hippocrene
Mt. Helicon spring regarded as source of poetic inspiration. [Gk. Myth.: NCE, 1246]
lactating breast
representation of poetic and musical impulse. [Art: Hall, 161]
Melpomene Muse
of tragedy (tragic drama). [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 163]
palm, garland of
traditional identification of a Muse. [Gk. Myth.: Jobes, 374]
Pegasus
steed of the Muses; symbolizes poetic inspiration. [Gk. Myth.: Espy, 32]
Pierian spring
fountain in Macedonia, sacred to the Muses, believed to communicate inspiration. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 787]
Polyhymnia or Polymania
Muse of sacred song, oratory, lyric, singing, and rhetoric. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 216]
Stroeve, Blanche
her body inspired Strickland to paint nude portrait. [Br. Lit.: The Moon and Sixpence, Magill I, 621–623]
Terpsichore
Muse of choral song and dancing. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 260]
Thalia
Muse of comedy. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 261]
tongues of fire
manifestation of Holy Spirit’s descent on Pentecost. [N.T.: Acts 2:1–4]
Urania
Muse of astronomy. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 284]
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