International Journal of
English and Literature

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. English Lit.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2626
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEL
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 269

Full Length Research Paper

A state of complete simplicity in poetry and psychoanalysis

Moran Shoham
Clinical Psychologist, 113 Derech HaYam St., Haifa, Israel.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 May 2011
  •  Published: 31 July 2011



Following the works of D. W. Winnicot and M. Balint on regression in psychoanalysis, this paper offers a discussion of states of harmony between self and other as these are expressed in poems by Whitman and Dante. An attempt is being made to demonstrate the emotional nuances expressed by poets in order to enhance psychoanalytic understanding.


Key words: D. W. Winnicott, M. Balint, psychoanalysis, poetry.