Feeling for words: poetry and the logic of experiencing

Maltby, M. (2011) Feeling for words: poetry and the logic of experiencing. In: 3rd International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry, 20-23 October 2011, Bournemouth University, England.

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Psychoanalytic investigation has revealed the difficulties inherent in our attempts to access and make sense of experience 'in-depth'. Aspects of experience may remain inaccessible, partly through mechanisms of active exclusion but also through factors inherent in the nature of mental activity at different levels of consciousness. The work of Ignacio Matte-Blanco suggests that the latter can be understood in terms of the operation of two distinct forms of logic that characterize and differentiate conscious and unconscious levels of experience. Drawing on Matte-Blanco this paper argues that poetry typically makes use of language in an intensely biological manner that can engage and embody less conscious levels of experience while simultaneously making this potentially more available to conscious awareness. This may be one way in which poetry can function to support in-depth human inquiry and give form to otherwise inaccessible experience, particularly those involving feeling and states of being. In doing so poetry has the capacity to not only represent experience but to deepen and extend experiencing.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology
P Language and Literature > PR English Literature > PR0500 Poetry
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Users 95 not found.
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2011 14:01
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:09
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/10284

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