Bodies, Souls, and the Poetry Between Them

  • Bruce Bond


This chapter explores the difference in connotation between the words “spirit” and “soul,” with allusions to analytic psychology. As defined against the body, the soul cannot be dissociated altogether. Lyric discourse finds it difficult, if not impossible, to make the Christian distinction between body and soul an absolute. The result figures less as a challenge to core ethical values than to their vehicle—that is, the archaic soul-body model in didactic literature. W.C. Williams, Lorca, Zbigniew Herbert, and Wallace Stevens provide further examples of complication when it comes to our sense of what “soul” means and how one might “objectify” it via dialogue within the larger context of the psyche.


Body Soul Marvel Williams Zbigniew Herbert Stevens 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Bond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North TexasDentonUSA

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