Empathy and the Poetic Imagination (Introduction and Section 1)

Empathy and the Poetic Imagination by Bruce Bond   

There are Selves who unify their expressions by their subjective force; it is only with the intensity of such subjectivity that one even sees the world of objects.  Robert Motherwell


….To define what empathy could be in a poem is difficult indeed, since the very act of reading or writing has some sense of voyeuristic distance built into it, and yet the tension that empathic listening gives to a poem remains critical to its power, a quality of speaking and being spoken, of going more deeply inward as if somewhere in there were the path to others.