The Poetics of Meditation: Whitman's Meditative Catalog

Chanita Goodblatt, Joseph Glicksohn

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Argues that the meditative catalog used by the poet Walt Whitman to depict and convey his subjective experiences to the reader is a poetic realization of the meditative technique of mindfulness. In analyzing examples of such a catalog, using a cognitive-poetic approach, as described by C. Goodblatt and J. Glicksohn (1986), one can illuminate both the process of mindfulness and its literary depiction. Apart from being a depiction of ongoing perceptual experience that especially involves the visual, auditory, and olfactory senses, the catalog also presents instances of physiognomic perception and other syncretic phenomena. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)75-86
Number of pages12
JournalImagination, Cognition and Personality: consciousness in theory, research, clinical practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989


  • Consciousness States
  • Meditation
  • Poetry


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