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date: 13 December 2019

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This article focuses on the relationship between poetry and psychoanalysis. Beginning with Freud, the modern analyst and modern poet share a vexed but reciprocal investment in exploring the unconscious. In this vein, the “psychoanalysis of modern poetry” reads as a double genitive: signifying poetry's paradoxical status both as the literary object of clinical analysis and as a forceful agent of psychic revelation. Unlike analysis, however, poetry offers neither a science of nor cure for the anxieties, neuroses, and psychoses of social modernity. Rather, as an envoi of the unconscious, poetry gives testimony to the latter's mystery and enigma in the linguistic registers of what Jacques Lacan describes as “the pardon of speech”.

Keywords: poetry, psychoanalysis, psychoanalyst, modern poet, unconscious

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