The Motive for Metaphor: Brief Essays on Poetry and Psychoanalysis

The Motive for Metaphor: Brief Essays on Poetry and Psychoanalysis

by Henry M. Seiden


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782203261
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/31/2016
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Henry M. Seiden is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who lives and practices in Forest Hills, New York. He has published poetry in a number of journals including Poetry, Literal Latte, Passager, Midstream and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has also published a chapbook called Tinnitus. His published professional papers include articles on Wallace Stevens, Ernest Hemingway, the longing for home, the use of metaphor in psychotherapy, on using poetry in psychotherapy with children, and on mindfulness, among other subjects.

He is co-author (with Christopher Lukas) of Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide (Jessica Kingsley, 2007), which was originally published by Scribners and is now in its fourth printing. It has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Russian and has been in English as well as American editions.

Seiden is a member the Board of Editors of Psychoanalytic Psychology. Several chapters of this book were originally columns on poetry and psychoanalysis in Psychologist-Psychoanalyst and Division/Review, both journals of Division 39, the Division of Psychoanalysis, of the American Psychological Association. He has been a member at large of the Board of Directors of Division 39 and is currently its Publications Chair.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword by Nancy McWilliams

1) Jokes, fathers, grief, and angels: a poem by Sherman Alexie
2) Speaking of pain: Yehuda Amichai
3) A sad story, briefly told: a poem by Simon Armitage
4) “Finding in the sound a thought”: Matthew Arnold’s “Dover beach”
5) Auden’s “Lullaby” and Winnicott’s “Hate …”
6) An awakening: a poem by Elizabeth Bishop
7) On the pleasure in play: the poetry of Billy Collins
8) Tyger time: e. e. cummings on conscientious objection
9) On idea and image and “the space between”: a poem by Albert Goldbarth
10) “When your heart cries out, being carried off …”: a poem by Eamon Grennan
11) “Old pond, frog jump in …”: the genius of haiku
12) Postmodern metaphor: a poem by Robert Hass
13) The air of another time and place: a poem by Seamus Heaney
14) Poetry as argument: a poem by Tony Hoagland
15) Marie Howe on “What the living do”
16) Kenneth Koch on psychoanalysis in the “glory days”
17) An old man’s love song: a poem by Stanley Kunitz
18) “They fuck you up …” Philip Larkin’s “This be the verse”
19) The art of the ordinary: Philip Levine on “What work is”
20) How otherness dissolves: a poem by Thomas Lux
21) Mysterious tears: a poem by Rose McLarney
22) A meditation without punctuation by W. S. Merwin
23) Narrative as metaphor: Sharon Olds
24) “The meaning of simplicity”: a poem by Yannis Ritsos
25) Saying a lot with a little: the poetry of Kay Ryan
26) On the love of beauty—and a poem by Charles Simic
27) When the narrative changes: a poem by A. E. Stallings 110
28) Metaphors for mind: the poet Gerald Stern
29) Negative capability and Wallace Stevens’s “The emperor of ice-cream”
30) Tracks in the snow: a poem of the Sung dynasty
31) On style: Tennyson and Cavafy, and intersubjective engagement
32) Empathic music: a poem of William Carlos Williams
33) The pathetic fallacy: William Carlos Williams and Emily Dickinson
34) W. B. Yeats on “Where love has pitched his mansion …”

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