By Hamish Canham, Carole Satyamurti
A part of the Tavistock sanatorium sequence. This e-book explores a few of the ways that an knowing of poetry, and the poetic impulse, might be fruitfully proficient by way of psychoanalytic rules. it can be argued that there's a specific affinity among poetry and psychoanalysis, in that either pay shut consciousness to the right meanings of linguistic expression, and either, notwithstanding in several methods, are centrally interested by subconscious procedures. The participants to this quantity, the vast majority of them clinicians with a powerful curiosity in literature, discover this connection in a number of methods, targeting the paintings of specific poets, from the prophet Ezekiel to Seamus Heaney.
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He has written a review of the poet Carole Satyamurti’s volume of poetry Striking Distance, and a psychoanalytic commentary on two novels of the Scottish children’s fiction writer Des Dillon, and recently had a paper on Henry James’s novel What Maisie Knew published in the Journal of Child Psychotherapy. He was Joint Guest-Editor of an issue of the International Journal of Infant Observation on the subject of autism. He is a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist and Senior Tutor on the Child Psychotherapy Training and the Therapeutic Skills with Children and Young People course at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations.
When, during the celebration of his 70th birthday, one of his disciples hailed Freud as “the discoverer of the unconscious”, he answered, “The poets and philosophers before me discovered the unconscious. What I discovered was the scientific method by which the unconscious can be studied”. Freud, with his interest in archaeology, worked like a novelist to recreate the past. The patient told his story from his point of view and the analyst told it back to him, using his interpretations to give it new meaning, and creating form and significance out of the chaos of the unconscious, especially as it expresses itself in dreams.
In each case, the ability to tolerate uncertainty, to refrain from comfortable but premature closure, is central. The psychoanalyst, Thomas Ogden (2001), has written about the similar functions of poetry and psychoanalysis. We are known as we had not known ourselves because, up to that point, we had not been ourselves as fully as we are becoming in experiencing the poem and as the poem experiences us. Similarly in the analytic relationship, patient and analyst as individuals each read and are read by the unconscious of the other, [p.