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It is the journey not the arrival that ultimately transforms the traveller - particularly for imaginative journeys which often occur spontaneously and is undecided in its destination The experiences one encounter during their traveltravail is what evolves them to better understanding of themselves and the world inspires them to spiritual reform which constitutes the educative andor therapeutic qualities of the imaginative journey While the philanthropic vision of Coleridge in This Lime Tree Bower My Prison and John Lennon with his gentle utopianism in the song Imagine articulate a milder positive philosophy of such experiences the murky and subterranean landscape of the human psyche painted by Atwood in Journey to the Interior and the arduous trek depicted by Leunig in How to Get There project a mood of doubt and pessimism characteristic of our contemporary cynical age Coleridges imaginative experience propagates through a series of contrast darkness light imagination reality freedom confinement - which serve to compile in the responders mind a better understanding of the concept of the journey as something that involves the development and rebirth of a person with new-found ideals or perspectives His physical incapacitation induces his mood of querulous egotism - reinforced by the petulant monosyllabic well they are gone and is the catalyst for his imaginative trek As his speculative powers recreates the sights and sound of his friends physical trek he begins to share their joy Tactile images like springy heath and speckled by the midday sun transports the traveller to the scene - thus we are able to share his spiritual change being moved and transformed from self-centred ignorance to selfless participation in nature God A similar progression occurs in his poem Frost at Midnight where the narrator escapes his physical stagnancy through an imaginative introspective journey with unclose lids he recalls the poignant details of his sweet birth-place accentuated by the soft sibilance of so sweetly stirred and haunted In both
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