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The Spider's Thread

by Keith J. Holyoak

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PUBLISHED: 26th February 2019
ISBN: 9780262039222
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An examination of metaphor in poetry as a microcosm of the human imagination-a way to understand the mechanisms of creativity.
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  • Hardcover
    $64.38
PUBLISHED: 26th February 2019
ISBN: 9780262039222
ANNOTATION:
An examination of metaphor in poetry as a microcosm of the human imagination-a way to understand the mechanisms of creativity.

Annotation

An examination of metaphor in poetry as a microcosm of the human imagination-a way to understand the mechanisms of creativity.

Publisher Description

An examination of metaphor in poetry as a microcosm of the human imagination-a way to understand the mechanisms of creativity.

In The Spider's Thread, Keith Holyoak looks at metaphor as a microcosm of the creative imagination. Holyoak, a psychologist and poet, draws on the perspectives of thinkers from the humanities-poets, philosophers, and critics-and from the sciences-psychologists, neuroscientists, linguists, and computer scientists. He begins each chapter with a poem-by poets including Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Theodore Roethke, Du Fu, William Butler Yeats, and Pablo Neruda-and then widens the discussion to broader notions of metaphor and mind.

Holyoak uses Whitman's poem "A Noiseless Patient Spider" to illustrate the process of interpreting a poem, and explains the relevance of two psychological mechanisms, analogy and conceptual combination, to metaphor. He outlines ideas first sketched by Coleridge-who called poetry "the best words in their best order"-and links them to modern research on the interplay between cognition and emotion, controlled and associative thinking, memory and creativity. Building on Emily Dickinson's declaration "the brain is wider than the sky," Holyoak suggests that the control and default networks in the brain may combine to support creativity. He also considers, among other things, the interplay of sound and meaning in poetry; symbolism in the work of Yeats, Jung, and others; indirect communication in poems; the mixture of active and passive processes in creativity; and whether artificial intelligence could ever achieve poetic authenticity. Guided by Holyoak, we can begin to trace the outlines of creativity through the mechanisms of metaphor.

Author Biography

Keith J. Holyoak, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, is a psychologist and poet. He is the coauthor or editor of a number of books on cognitive psychology and has published three volumes of poetry.

Review

Students in poetry and creative writing courses will find that Holyoak's questions, illuminations, and provisional explanations offer fruitful metaphors for the construction of reflective practices. Students in cognitive psychology courses will find, particularly in the notes and bibliography, ideas aplenty for directions in which to continue research in creative processes or language processing. Throughout one finds spots to stop and linger over a word, an insight, a diagram.

-Choice

Prizes

Winner of A CHOICE 2019 Outstanding Academic Title. 2019

Product Details

Pages
288
Publisher
MIT Press Ltd
Series
The MIT Press
Year
2019
ISBN-10
0262039222
ISBN-13
9780262039222
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2019-02-26
Subtitle
Metaphor in Mind, Brain, and Poetry
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
13 b&w illus.; 26 Illustrations, unspecified
Author
Keith J. Holyoak
Short Title
The Spider's Thread
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade