The Broken Mirror

  • Bruce Bond


I make clear here that the objective of the book is to investigate—via the scrutiny, precision, and self-reflexivity in poems—the words “I” and “self ” as suggestive of eight territories of meaning, often in unrecognized conflict with one another and thereby contributing to failures of conversation. The chapter then lays out the different territories of usage that will concern the following chapters: the self as (1) semiotic construct, (2) volitional agent, (3) instinctual drive, (4) existential monad, (5) subjectivity, (6) ontological origin, (7) the soul, and (8) the transpersonal psyche. Numerous examples from poetry will be used throughout the book to illustrate the lyric nature of usage, insofar that each conception of the self finds its most adequate clarification and/or exemplification through metaphor.


Self Identity Poetry Ego Lyric Soul 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Bond
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  1. 1.University of North TexasDentonUSA

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