Discovering Literature with the Help of Freudian Psychoanalysis
In this study, we will be using psychoanalysis to understand literature, more specifically poetry and the poets themselves. Analyzing literature in such a way helps us have a better grasp of human behavior and involuntary thoughts that manifest in the form of stories, poems, or any sort of creative work. Literature helps us to travel back in time and learn about life on Earth from those who have gone before us. We can gain a deeper grasp of cultures and appreciate them more. We learn from the methods, history is documented, such as manuscripts and oral history.
Literature encompasses forms such as poetry, drama, prose, folklore, epic tale, personal narrative, history, biography, satire, philosophical dialogues, etc. Poetry is a composition in verse and is usually characterized by concentrated and heightened language in which words are chosen for their sound and suggestive power as well as for their sense, and using such techniques as meter, rhyme, and alliteration.
Psychoanalysis is defined as a set of psychological theories and therapeutic methods which have their origin in the work and theories of Sigmund Freud. The primary assumption of psychoanalysis is the belief that all people possess unconscious thoughts, feelings, desires, and memories. Psychoanalysis therapy aims to release repressed emotions and experiences, i.e., make the unconscious conscious. It is only by having a cathartic (i.e., healing) experience can the person be helped and "cured."
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