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Spieëlbeelde in die werk van Ingrid Jonker en Sylvia Plath

I. Gertenbach
Literator | Vol 29, No 2 | a117 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v29i2.117 | © 2008 I. Gertenbach | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 July 2008 | Published: 25 July 2008

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I. Gertenbach, Departement Afrikaans, Universiteit van Kaapstad, South Africa

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Abstract

Mirror images in the work of Ingrid Jonker and Sylvia Plath

Writing poetry has an element of healing in it, but how does it work? Plath and Jonker continually wrote about mirror images, eyes and questions of identity. Different psychological theories surrounding this issue, including those of Winnicott, Jung and Lacan, are discussed. Plath’s “Mirror” and “Words” as well as Jonker’s “Op alle gesigte” are specifically examined. Concluding remarks reveal that a mental block, or crypt, will always force a poet to reword his/her trauma.

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Mary Cassatt; Creative Writing; Cryptomnesia; Ingrid Jonker; Mirror Images; Sylvia Plath

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