By Hamish Canham, Carole Satyamurti

ISBN-10: 1849403759

ISBN-13: 9781849403757

A part of the Tavistock health center sequence. This publication explores many of the ways that an knowing of poetry, and the poetic impulse, might be fruitfully trained by means of psychoanalytic rules. it may be argued that there's a specific affinity among poetry and psychoanalysis, in that either pay shut awareness to the appropriate meanings of linguistic expression, and either, although in numerous methods, are centrally fascinated about subconscious tactics. The participants to this quantity, the vast majority of them clinicians with a powerful curiosity in literature, discover this connection in quite a few methods, targeting the paintings of specific poets, from the prophet Ezekiel to Seamus Heaney.

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It is an ABC of whats and wherefores, of how to and how not to live when she, the mother, has “passed on”. Now she passes on, nut-like, nuggets of advice and homily to nourish her daughter during the dark winter months of her impending bereavement, attempts to assuage her own anguish and that of her daughter with notes of dated instruction. There is a chilling obsessionality about this secret, written, and then scribbled, project. A touching yet dogged attention to fact and detail defends this mother from the pain of her own predicament, but also cuts her off from making the kind of emotional contact with her daughter which might have offered a more sustaining and genuine nourishment in the lonely shadows of life to come.

118 Finchley Road, London NW3 5HT Reprinted 2006 Copyright © 2003 Arrangement and Introduction Hamish Canham and Carole Satyamurti Copyright © 2003 Chapter 1 Margot Waddell Copyright © 2003 Chapter 2 Carole Satyamurti Copyright © 2003 Chapter 3 Michael Maltby Copyright © 2003 Chapter 4 Priscilla Green Copyright © 2003 Chapter 5 Kate Barrows Copyright © 2003 Chapter 6 Ronald Britton Copyright © 2003 Chapter 7 Graham Shulman Copyright © 2003 Chapter 8 Judith Edwards Copyright © 2003 Chapter 9 Hamish Canham The rights of all the above persons to be identified as the authors of this work have been asserted in accordance with §§77 and 78 of the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988.

The model is the infant-mother relationship: the mother’s receptive capacity to think about her baby, unconsciously as well as consciously, her capacity for “reverie” (as Bion put it), enables her to take in communications about which the baby is not yet able to think. In making sense of these communications she becomes the container of the baby’s emotional experience. Thus, she becomes a container of meaning. She enables her baby, in turn, slowly to acquire the internal resources him/herself to think about experience and thereby to engage with its meaning.

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