Poetry and Habits of Imagination

  • Maurice HamingtonEmail author
  • Ce Rosenow


This chapter explores how poetry engages our imagination in a manner that can facilitate caring. The argument here is that poetry may help some people develop habits of imagination that can be used to offer more effective and responsive caring action. The chapter’s journey begins with an exploration of what we mean by imagination and how it relates to the previous chapter on knowledge as well as how it connects to the concept of “play” and “playfulness.” We then address the role of imagination in care ethics with an emphasis on empathy and our selection of caring actions. Next, we discuss the role of imagination in poetry. The conclusion explores how poetry contributes to habits of identification, sustained uncertainty, and playfulness that altogether can lead to caring tact as the improvisational skill of responding to needs in new and varied circumstances.


Imagination Metaphorical thinking Playfulness Creativity Tact 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Portland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Lane Community CollegeEugeneUSA

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