By Hamish Canham, Carole Satyamurti
A part of the Tavistock medical institution sequence. This ebook explores a number of the ways that an figuring out of poetry, and the poetic impulse, may be fruitfully educated via psychoanalytic principles. it may be argued that there's a specific affinity among poetry and psychoanalysis, in that either pay shut awareness to the best meanings of linguistic expression, and either, even though in several methods, are centrally occupied with subconscious procedures. The individuals to this quantity, the majority of them clinicians with a robust curiosity in literature, discover this connection in various methods, concentrating on the paintings of specific poets, from the prophet Ezekiel to Seamus Heaney.
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She works at the Tavistock Clinic where she is a tutor and Assessment Tutor for the Psychoanalytic and Observational Studies Course, and where she also specializes in work with parents whose children are in intensive treatment, particularly in association with the autism team. She also works at the Marlborough Family Service in St John’s Wood, where she sees individual children and young people for long term therapy, and she has a small private practice in Hampstead. After reading History, and then working as a solicitor, a writer, and a civil servant, she trained as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, where she wrote her MA dissertation on the Book of Ezekiel.
She has published four collections of poetry, of which the most recent is Love and Variations (Bloodaxe, 2000). She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2000. Graham Shulman read English at Oxford, and later trained as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. He has a particular interest in the links between literature and psychoanalysis. 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.
Instead of reading, say, a poem as a work of art with a life of its own independent of the creator—as something which, in Coleridge’s words, “contains in itself the reason why it is so and not otherwise”—psychoanalysts with a taste for literature often used it as though it were mere dream-stuff, welling up uncensored and unbidden, another “royal road to the unconscious” of the unfortunate author. A century later, psychoanalysts tend to be less interested in weaving stories and digging up the past.