A Therapeutic Approach to Teaching Poetry: Individual by T. Williams

By T. Williams

Explains how the examine of poetry, through supplying reports just like these produced by way of poetry remedy, may help scholars realize themselves and strengthen their capability to impact swap on the earth.

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We can also acknowledge in the classroom that certain emotional responses or realizations about our nature as humans do bring feelings of shame with them. We should be careful not to encourage students to share our specific reactions to texts, but showing them how we relate to texts emotionally can help students feel more comfortable expressing their own emotions or self-realizations. Another major theorist who can help us in our understanding of defenses is Harry Stack Sullivan with his concept of the self-system.

If we consider Freud’s concepts of the primary and secondary processes, we see that the primary processes involving elements such as emotion, image, metaphor, and rhythm contain many of the same elements found in poetry, but like the final re-creation of the dream work, poetry must ultimately operate at the level of the secondary processes of language and thought, since it is a conscious craft. In poetry, we find, perhaps, the closest manifestation of primary processes in the secondary process of language.

In the same way, a poet regresses into a more sensory-oriented state when creating poetry by paying careful attention to internal personal images and emotions. This regressive looking inward through which poetry functions also stimulates the reader’s own personal images and evokes emotional reactions. psychoanalytic regression and integration / 19 Mark Solms and Oliver Turnbull explain, through neuroscience, the nature of the visual aspects of the dreaming mind, which relate to Freud’s concept of topical regression.

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