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A psychoanalytic reading of Tanure Ojaide’s poetry
A psychoanalytic reading of Tanure Ojaide’s poetry

Author(s): Solomon Awuzie
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Poetry, Psychoanalysis
Published by: Нов български университет
Keywords: Anglophone African poetry; Tanure Ojaide; Psychoanalytic Theory; archetypes

Summary/Abstract: Psychoanalysis as a literary theory has helped to improve understanding about “human behaviour and human mental functioning.” This is achieved through its perception of the human race as neurotic. However, with its application in poetic interpretation, poetry is perceived as an expression of displaced neurotic conflict: a consoling illusion, symptom, socially acceptable phantasy or substitute gratification. With the psychoanalytic reading of the poetry of Tanure Ojaide, an Anglophone African poet, poetry is understood as an expression of symptoms of the poet’s personal and societal neurotic tendencies. Since our emphasis is on Jungian psychoanalysis, analyzing Ojaide’s poetry through the orbits of the archetypes of Jungian psychoanalysis help to foreground the poetry as a consoling illusion or substitute gratification. Whereas the study reveals that Ojaide’s poetry is dominated by the archetype of the “wounded healer” - a symbol of a wounded personality who also doubles as the needed messiah (the healer), it is depicted that the dominant nature of the archetype of the “wounded healer” is a result of the poet’s experience which is at the centre of his poetic expression.

  • Issue Year: 3/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 74-87
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English