University of Essex
Wordsworth says, “. . . hearing often-times the still, sad music of
humanity” [“Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey”].
We are supposed to be in contact with our fellow human beings.
When you give an interpretation tomorrow, are you sure that it will
approximate to expressing the music of humanity or the little bit of it
which has got into your consulting-room?
Wilfred Bion, The Italian Seminars, The Complete Works of W.R. Bion, ed Chris Mawson (Karnac, 2014), vol IX, p. 166
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