By Hamish Canham, Carole Satyamurti
A part of the Tavistock hospital sequence. This publication explores the various ways that an figuring out of poetry, and the poetic impulse, may be fruitfully trained by way of psychoanalytic principles. it may be argued that there's a specific affinity among poetry and psychoanalysis, in that either pay shut consciousness to the proper meanings of linguistic expression, and either, although in numerous methods, are centrally fascinated about subconscious approaches. The members to this quantity, the majority of them clinicians with a robust curiosity in literature, discover this connection in numerous methods, targeting the paintings of specific poets, from the prophet Ezekiel to Seamus Heaney.
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Finding symbolic form for elusive and possibly as-yet-unknown emotions or psychic states—the power that Shakespeare ascribed, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to the “poet’s pen” to give to “airy nothing” a “local habitation and a name”—this process is shared by poets and psychoanalysts alike (Williams, 1991, pp. 8-52). Psychoanalyst Thomas Ogden (2002) writes as follows: Perhaps what is most fundamental to both poetry and psychoanalysis is the effort to enlarge the breadth and depth of what we are able to experience.
With the growing acceptance that first her mother’s mind, then her body, and then the import of the index entries have “passed on” the daughter discovers that what has also been “passed on” is a container for feeling.
20] At this pre-verbal stage where no specific meaning is available, the sound, the pitch, rhythm, volume, and intonation can, nonetheless, “speak” volumes to the receptive ear. In this picture of things, meaning is embedded in the quality of the links of relatedness between self and other, and in how those links can be mutually communicated and sustained. To stir the capacity to think clearly and to feel deeply about the same subject simultaneously would seem to be the function both of the poetic and of the psychoanalytic process.