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By Hamish Canham, Carole Satyamurti

A part of the Tavistock sanatorium sequence. This e-book explores the various ways that an figuring out of poetry, and the poetic impulse, should be fruitfully proficient by means of psychoanalytic rules. it can be argued that there's a specific affinity among poetry and psychoanalysis, in that either pay shut awareness to the proper meanings of linguistic expression, and either, even though in several methods, are centrally focused on subconscious strategies. The individuals to this quantity, the vast majority of them clinicians with a robust curiosity in literature, discover this connection in numerous methods, concentrating on the paintings of specific poets, from the prophet Ezekiel to Seamus Heaney.

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P. 28). Although Stokes originally valued work in the carving tradition more highly, he later altered his view and came to recognize the qualities of the “enveloping relationship” as integral to the aims of art and, indeed, as the essential counterpart to the response engendered by “carved” works of art. One can see that, although Stokes’s interest was in the visual arts, his ideas can illuminate our thinking about poetry, and might be borne in mind when reading the various contributions to this book.

Given adequate containment, the infant comes to recognize the people who care for him as real people, each of them associated with both “good” and “bad” experiences. The infant introjects the whole loved object but, since he is still liable to experience devouring and destructive impulses when thwarted, in phantasy he attacks and destroys the object, now seen to be the source of goodness as well as of frustration. This sense of damage done, the fear of loss, and a growing sense of responsibility for that damage and loss, give rise to an urge to repair and restore a unified world and, in the right circumstances, to a growing confidence in his ability to do so—the depressive position.

Defensively, too, there is a hint of triumph over the mother who is felt to be still identified with baby things, at a point where the child needs to be, and is ambivalently insisting upon, the backing of authoritarian identification to help bear the multifold anxieties which attend this so-called “step forward”. Janus-like, the child is looking both ways, attempting to relinquish the old self and to embrace the new, struggling with bereavement, and also with wonder at novelty, with self-importance and also with littleness.

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