December 14, 2016
Presenter: Eugene Mahon, MD
Discussant: Theodore Jacobs, MD
Baudelaire suggested that the poet's imagination is the most scientific of all faculties since it alone comprehends the "universal analogy," by which he meant that poetry neglects no facet of human existence, not even those disgusting or terrifying facets that tend to turn the stomach. But isn't psychoanalysis the science that also neglects no facet of human experience as it doggedly investigates, free association by free association, all affects, conflicts, dreams, symptoms, character traits, etc.? This analogy between the work of psychoanalysis and the work of the poem is examined in depth. The writings of Robert Frost, Seamus Heaney, William Shakespeare, Marianne Moore, Virginia Woolf and, especially, W. B. Yeats are used to illustrate the argument.
2 CME/CE credits offered
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
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