By Hamish Canham, Carole Satyamurti
A part of the Tavistock sanatorium sequence. This publication explores many of the ways that an knowing of poetry, and the poetic impulse, will be fruitfully expert by means of psychoanalytic rules. it can be argued that there's a specific affinity among poetry and psychoanalysis, in that either pay shut realization to the best meanings of linguistic expression, and either, even though in several methods, are centrally enthusiastic about subconscious techniques. The participants to this quantity, the majority of them clinicians with a robust 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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203; our italics] The spectator, reader, or listener experiences unconsciously the artist’s engagement with these conflicting forces, forces with which we are all familiar. It is the apprehension of the artist’s ability to bear the pain of a fractured inner world and of his or her achievement in depicting it and, sometimes, unifying it, that makes for a satisfying aesthetic experience. We could say that it is the degree to which the artist achieves this that makes the difference between good and less good art.
What was wrong, what they had to say couldn’t be shared with me. He crossed the threshold in a wordless slam of doors. “Gone to live near work” my mother said, before she tracked down my diary, broke the lock, made me cut out pages that guessed what silence was about. This child, as so many, “grows up” without hope or expectation that there could exist for her an answering voice that would make sense of her world, her breathless curiosity and her anxiety. ) There was clearly no access to the kind of emotional “common sense” that Bion describes as giving a feeling of truth to experience—as establishing the basis for psychic reality, just as the coming together of sense impressions gives a feeling of coherence to external reality.
It is the apprehension of the artist’s ability to bear the pain of a fractured inner world and of his or her achievement in depicting it and, sometimes, unifying it, that makes for a satisfying aesthetic experience. We could say that it is the degree to which the artist achieves this that makes the difference between good and less good art. This experience, amounting at times to consolation, may consist in feeling recognized, feeling less alone. As Wallace Stevens puts it, “… the imagination is the power that enables us to perceive the normal in the abnormal, the opposite of chaos in chaos” (Stevens, 1960).
Acquainted with the Night. Psychoanalysis and the Poetic Imagination by Hamish Canham, Carole Satyamurti