Download e-book for iPad: Acquainted with the Night. Psychoanalysis and the Poetic by Hamish Canham, Carole Satyamurti

By Hamish Canham, Carole Satyamurti

ISBN-10: 1849403759

ISBN-13: 9781849403757

A part of the Tavistock health facility sequence. This ebook explores the various ways that an knowing of poetry, and the poetic impulse, could be fruitfully trained through psychoanalytic principles. it may be argued that there's a specific affinity among poetry and psychoanalysis, in that either pay shut cognizance to definitely the right meanings of linguistic expression, and either, notwithstanding in several methods, are centrally keen on subconscious procedures. The participants to this quantity, the vast majority of them clinicians with a powerful curiosity in literature, discover this connection in various methods, targeting the paintings of specific poets, from the prophet Ezekiel to Seamus Heaney.

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Acquainted with the Night” also represents the way in which a few words, in either poetry or psychoanalysis, can contain so much through the images they conjure up and the associations they lead to. This is also true of a dream image, or a portion of a child’s play. It is these reverberations that give each poem or dream its particular and private meaning between the poetic or psychoanalytic pair— poet and reader or therapist and patient. Indeed it is this condensed use of imagery and the extent to which it succeeds in communicating subtlety of meaning that determines the success of a poem or results in understanding through interpretation.

They give you a desk with a lid, mother. They let you keep your book. My desk’s next to the window. I can see the trees. But you mustn’t look out of the window at light on the leaves. You must look at the book. A nice-smelling, shiny book, mother, With words in it and pictures. I mostly like the pictures, some of them animals and birds. But you mustn’t look at the pictures. You don’t ever read the pictures. You read the words! The metric and rhythmic variations in this poem artfully catch the child’s sensuous delight—enthusiastically attracted by sun on leaves and pictures of animals and birds—and starkly contrasts that delight with the reining-in of imaginative impulsiveness by the end-stopped lines of the school regimen.

The Clinic’s philosophy is aimed at promoting therapeutic methods in mental health. Its work is founded on the clinical expertise which is the basis of its consultancy work and research. This series aims to make available the clinical, theoretical, and research work that is most influential at the Tavistock Clinic. It sets out new approaches in the understanding and treatment of psychological disturbance in children, adolescents, and adults, both as individuals and in families. While this book was in the final stages of preparation, Hamish Canham fell ill.

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