Song of Innocence to Experience: A Freudian Critique of Dylan Thomas Select Poetry
N. Sumathi1, P. Suresh2

1N. Sumathi, Ph.D. Research Scholar, Department of English, VISTAS Vels University, Chennai (Tamil Nadu), India.
2P. Suresh, Associate Professor, Department of English, VISTAS Vels University, Chennai (Tamil Nadu), India.
Manuscript received on 12 February 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 08 April 2019 | Manuscript Published on 28 April 2019 | PP: 239-243 | Volume-7 Issue-5C February 2019 | Retrieval Number: E10560275C19/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: This research paper is an attempt to establish relationship between Psychology and Literature with the explication of the text through Freudian terms. Literary criticism is enriched with the psycho-analytic criticism from Sigmund Freud to Jacques Lacan. Psycho-analysis interpretation has enriched literature both in grave way and in creative way. Creative approach to psychoanalysis to literature has enthralled the two disciplines. Some Psychologists regarded dreams to be the result of random brain activity that occurs while sleeping. Psycho-analysts like Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung propagates that “dreams can reveal a person’s deepest unconscious wishes and desires.” The majority of the symbols that occur in dreams are sex symbols as considered by Freud. Dylan Thomas poetry has enormous usage of images and symbols which are essentially to be analysed in Freudian concepts to explicit the layers of meanings. He has concurred that he has read Freud’s theory which is subconsciously exposed in his poetry without direct reference. This paper explicates those images and symbols in Freudian interpretation of dream psychology to be applied in select poems of Dylan Thomas’ poetry with subjective understanding of his biography.
Keywords: Freudian Concepts – Psycho-Analytic–Conscious and Unconscious Mind – Innocence and Experience – Dream Psychology – Meta Text.
Scope of the Article: Social Sciences