The poetry of Patrick Kavanagh and the psychology of C G Jung

Psychotherapy in London

A True Note on a Slack String – An Imaginal Basis for Personal Change

This is the title of a new book by psychotherapist Reamonn O’Donnchadha

Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh is considered to be one of the foremost poets of the 20th century. His best known works include the novel Tarry Flynn and the poems Raglan Road and The Great Hunger.

O’Donnchadha weaves together the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh and the psychology of C G Jung to offer an imaginal foundation for individual transformation.

He addresses key concepts such as attachment, shadow, individuation, sexuality and love from the perspective of Jungian psychology and through the lens of Kavanagh’s poetry, “so that doors may open to readers into their own innate resilience and capability not only to survive, but to grow“.

Chapter headings:


The Psychologist

The Poet

The Fusion-Distance Dilemma

Unstirred Mud

Place and Displace

The Sparrow’s Bow

The Generous Impulse

My Sixteen-Acre Farm

A Hellish Scatter

The Universal in the Particular

Desire’s Adulation

Pouring Redemption

To Experience Ourselves

The Creative Illness

The Inch-Wide Chasm.

A True Note on a Slack String is published by Spring. Click here for more information

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