Why is it so difficult to 'talk about' inspiration?

McGregor, Richard (2010) Why is it so difficult to 'talk about' inspiration? In: Research and Scholarship Fest, 9 July 2010, University of Cumbria. (Unpublished) Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

We rather glibly use words derived from 'Inspire' to describe certain musical, literary, poetic and artistic works - not to mention abstract ideas, actions, statements and so on. But when it comes to talking about what we actually mean by something being 'inspired' our vocabulary seems to suddenly dry up and we lose the ability to articulate our reasons for assigning such a descriptor to whatever we happen to be discussing. In the end it's assumed that our listeners will undertand and 'interpret' what we have said without needing further explanation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education > Secondary PGCE
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2010 13:12
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2017 12:44
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/214

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