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CHAPTER V.
subjective memory {continued}.
Practical Illustrations. Reasons for Limitations of Subjective Power. Its Practical Significance. Its Application to the Solution of Problems of Insanity. The Mental Phenomena of " Genius." Napoleon Bonaparte. Shakspeare. Poets. Artists. Macaulay's Estimate of Poets and Poetry. Dangers of Subjective Control. Lord Byron. Socrates' Estimate of Poets. His Recognition of the Subjective Element in Poetic Composition. Occasional Inconveniences. Unconscious Plagiarism. Observations of Holmes. Improvisation. Solution of the Shakspeare-Bacon Problem. The Subjective in Art. Madness in Art. Great Orators. Webster. Clay. Patrick Henry. Incidents. Practical Conclusions.
TT is thought that the facts related in the preceding chap-*■ ter are sufficient to demonstrate the substantial correctness of the proposition that the memory of the subjective mind is practically perfect. Before leaving this branch of the subject, however, and proceeding to detail other peculiarities which distinguish the two minds, it is deemed proper to offer a few practical illustrations of the principles involved, drawn from common observation, and incidentally to apply those principles to the solution of various problems of every-day experience. It will be remembered that thus far we have confined our observations to the operations of the subjective mind when the subject is in a diseased or in a deeply hypnotic condition, with the objective senses in complete abeyance. This has been done for the purpose of more clearly illustrating the fundamental