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Poetry And Imagined Worlds

  • Olga V. Lehmann
  • Nandita Chaudhary
  • Ana Cecilia Bastos
  • Emily Abbey

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Poetic Resources as Tools to Make Meaning

  3. The Poetic Roots of Creativity and Imagination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Maria Eloisa do Amaral Leão, Danilo Silva Guimarães
      Pages 121-138
    3. Nandita Chaudhary, Deepa Chawla, Ayesha Sindhu
      Pages 155-173
    4. Elaine Pedreira Rabinovich
      Pages 197-206
  4. The Poetics of Daily Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Maria Virgínia Dazzani, Giuseppina Marsico
      Pages 209-222
    3. Monika Abels
      Pages 239-253

About this book


This book explores the deep, imaginative, and creative power of poetry as part of the human experience.  How poetry provides insight into human psychology is a question at the beginning of its theoretical development, and is a constant challenge for cultural psychologists and the humanities alike. Poetry functions, in all ages and cultures, as a rite that merges the beauty, truth and the unbearable conditions of existence.  Both the general and the particular can be found in its expression.  Collectively the authors aim to evoke a holistic understanding of what poetry conveys about decision making and the human search for meaning. This ground-breaking collection will be indispensable to scholars of clinical and theoretical psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature, aesthetics and sociology.


Creativity Imagination Literature Edgar Allen Poe Poetics Applied Arts Psychology of the Arts Psychology of Creativity instant poetry REPRESENTATION poetry PSYCHOLOGY AND THE ARTS poetry in drama ‘poetic instant’ in India Musicality of Poetry poetry in science

Editors and affiliations

  • Olga V. Lehmann
    • 1
  • Nandita Chaudhary
    • 2
  • Ana Cecilia Bastos
    • 3
  • Emily Abbey
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNTNU Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheim, FylkeNorway
  2. 2.Lady Irwin CollegeUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia
  3. 3.Catholic University of Salvador and Federal University of BahiaSalvadorBrazil
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyRamapo CollegeMahwah, NJUSA

About the editors

Olga V. Lehmann researches at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. 

Nandita Chaudhary is Associate Professor at the University of Delhi, India. 

Ana Cecilia Bastos is Professor at the Catholic University of Salvador and Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. 

Emily Abbey is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA.

Bibliographic information


“This book is an extraordinary achievement: Written and edited by scholars from every corner of the world who stage a meeting of poetry and the human mind. Poetry is depicted as much more than lyrical words in books, for there is a poetic of our lives that is absolutely fundamental, but which the sciences of the mind have ignored all too often. With this excellent collection it is time to put poetics at the center stage of our understanding of psychology and related disciplines.” (Professor Svend Brinkman, Knowledge Group Manager, Department of Communication & Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark)

“This exciting volume takes readers on a fascinating cross-disciplinary journey across multiple fields, including psychological science, literary studies, and cultural studies. I highly recommend this journey!” (Fathali M. Moghaddam, Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science, Georgetown University, USA)