Cognitive Psychology and Whitman's 'Song of Myself'

Chanita Goodblatt, Joseph Glicksohn

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Considers the relationship between poetry and altered states of consciousness through an analysis of W. Whitman's 'Song of Myself.' The author explores how, throughout the work, Whitman is engaging in a contemplative meditation technique, using metaphor to describe his entry into the mystical state (the sexual act). Whitman expands awareness of his sensations and feelings through sensual metaphor. The author concludes by relating Whitman's use of sensuous metaphor to observations by early cognitive psychologists. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)83-90
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 1986


  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Meditation
  • Metaphor
  • Mysticism
  • Poetry


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