Imaginative Journeys

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Daniel Schacher

Imaginative journeys can be taken through the imagination of an individual as they explore, reflect and fuse together the seemingly intangible with reality. Imaginative journeys may draw on previous experiences and understandings but move beyond these limited ideas into more assumed or strange realms. Another way of viewing an imaginative journey is its capacity to draw responders into a fictional, speculative setting. Imaginative journeys that will be elaborated below are “The Ivory Trail” book cover, the two Coleridge poems “This Lime Tree Bower My Prison” and “Kubla Khan” and the poetic text “Ode on a Grecian Urn” composed by John Keats. The composers attempt to create a world in which imagination dominates the perceptions and views of the responders, as they are taken on an imaginary journey of discovery and magic.

The Ivory Trail
“The Ivory Trail” by Victor Kelleher was first published in Australia in 1996 by Viking Press. “The Ivory Trail” follows the story of Jamie Hassan who is coming of age in a traditional bohemian family. After receiving an ivory carving he is sent on journeys through time in order to find his spiritual guide.

The book cover- “The Ivory Trail” represents that the individual may encounter new horizons by realising the limitless power of the imagination. The visual text explores the concept of imaginative journeys by transporting the reader to an abnormal location where the composer challenges the dominant views that life has set certainties and journeys have ends. This text would be aimed at an audience ranged from sixteen to twenty as it portrays an imaginative journey, which would be interesting and also relevant to this age group.

The idea of a rare journey is evoked through symbolism in the title: “The Ivory Trail”. Ivory is symbolic of the rare material from tusks of elephants and is known for its illegal trade. This exotic and rare allusion also evokes feelings of intrigue...