How can poetry, when written and composed through an experiential interaction with nature, open a dialogue that holds the tension of opposites, deepen a connection with nature, and allow a person to integrate new aspects of the self? This guiding question, explored through hermeneutic research, heuristic research, creative exploration, and the use of poetry, travels through the ways in which poetry deepens a person’s internal processes and shapes relationships with nature. Poetry acts as a camera and takes a snapshot of a relationship with nature that can later be recalled, explored, and analyzed. Beginning with a historical understanding of human relation to nature within the Western context, the thesis investigates Buddhist, depth psychological, ecopsychological, and Native American perspectives. Connection to nature through poetry formulates another way to interact with the living world and informs how clinicians can expand their work within the therapeutic container.
|Commitee:||Altman, Avrom, Jacobson, Gioia, Steffora, Thomas|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/9(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Therapy, Language arts|
|Keywords:||Depth psychology, Ecopsychology, Healing, Poetry, Soul, Unconscious|
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