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Acquainted with the Night

Psychoanalysis and the Poetic Imagination, 1st Edition

By Hamish Canham


234 pages

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This book explores some of the ways in which an understanding of poetry, and the poetic impulse, can be fruitfully informed by psychoanalytic ideas. It could be argued that there is a particular affinity between poetry and psychoanalysis, in that both pay close attention to the precise meanings of linguistic expression, and both, though in different ways, are centrally concerned with unconscious processes. The contributors to this volume, nearly all of them clinicians with a strong interest in literature, explore this connection in a variety of ways, focusing on the work of particular poets, from the prophet Ezekiel to Seamus Heaney.Part of the Tavistock Clinic Series.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Preface -- Foreword -- Introduction -- The vale of soul-making -- “First time ever”: writing the poem in potential space -- Wordless words: poetry and the symmetry of being -- The poet and the superego: Klein, Blake and the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel -- “Time will come and take my love away”: love and loss in three of Shakespeare’s sonnets -- The preacher, the poet, and the psychoanalyst -- Ghosts in the landscape: Thomas Hardy and the poetry of “shapes that reveries limn” -- The elusive pursuit of insight: three poems by W. B. Yeats and the human task -- “Feeling into Words”: evocations of childhood in the poems of Seamus Heaney

About the Series

Tavistock Clinic Series

The Tavistock Clinic Series, written in a clear and accessible style, makes available the clinical and theoretical work that has been most influential at the Tavistock.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health