1st pub. 1963 by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd.. Paperback ed. pub. 1982 by Spring Pubs.. Foreword to 1st ed. by Herbert Read.. Foreword to 2d ed. by Peter Abbs.
Part 1. 1 The rosegarden. 2 The mine in the classroom. 3 Eddie's woman. 4 How the themes emerged. 5 The themes themselves. Interlude: on gardens. Part 2. 6 Symbols. 7 Circe's island. 8 The teacher's task. Interlude: On labyrinths. 9 The visit to a coal-mine. 10 Form in symbols and ikons. 11 Relationships between the idea and the medium. 12 Rosegarden and labyrinth. Appendix 1: Phyllis's progress. Appendix 2: A brief summary of the arts of early mankind relevant to this study
'...widely acclaimed by art critics and teachers for its passionate lucidity and its profound insight. Seonaid Robertson indicates ways of releasing creative energy in the classroom and of developing it. She explores the nature of this energy in psychological and biological terms. She also brilliantly evokes a personal journey towards a deeper understanding of symbol and myth.'