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The Nature and Functions of Dreaming$
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Ernest Hartmann

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751778

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751778.001.0001

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A Dream Is a Creation, Not a Replay. A Dream Always Makes New Connections, Guided by Emotion

A Dream Is a Creation, Not a Replay. A Dream Always Makes New Connections, Guided by Emotion

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The Nature and Functions of Dreaming
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Ernest Hartmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751778.003.0004

Dreaming always makes new connections. It does not replay what was experienced in waking life. Even dreams usually thought of as replays—for instance repetitive or recurrent dreams, and traumatic (PTSD) dreams—turn out to be new creations, not replays. As a new creation, guided by emotion, the dream is somewhat like a work of art. Painting and film are sometimes derived directly from dreams, so it is easy to see similarities between these art forms and dreaming. This chapter argues for similarities between dreaming and other forms of art as well. It examines poetry and dreams, suggesting that the “objective correlative” of a poem is very like the Central Image of a dream.

Keywords:   Central Image, art forms, poetry

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