Dreaming

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 13–27 | Cite as

Dream Poetry as Dream Work

  • Richard A. Russo
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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between dream poetry and dream work by presenting a representative dream poem, along with the text of the dream that inspired it; examining some of its poetic qualities and showing how these figured in the writing of the poem; and comparing the dream writing process to dream interpretation and to Jungian active imagination work. The formal demands of poetry introduce a unique type of critical thought into the creative process that develops the dream material in ways different from other forms of dream work. Writing dream poetry differs from both dream interpretation and active imagination in important ways, but can be viewed as a form of non-interpretative dream work. These observations are probably generalizable to all forms of dream writing and dream art.

dreams poetry dream poetry dream writing non-interpretive dream work dream interpretation active imagination 

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