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Leonard Shengold

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300116106

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300116106.001.0001

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A Clinical and a Literary Example—Edna St. Vincent Millay

A Clinical and a Literary Example—Edna St. Vincent Millay

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(p.77) VIII A Clinical and a Literary Example—Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Haunted by Parents
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Leonard Shengold

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300116106.003.0008

This chapter discusses the life of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Her life illustrates how much independence, authenticity, accomplishment, and creativity can exist alongside the pathology that accompanies the continuing or revived attachment to the internalized early parent. For the poet, her parents—especially her mother, both as example and as source of identification—evoked and induced both psychic health (creativity) and psychic pathology.

Keywords:   Edna St. Vincent Millay, female poets, parents, psychic pathology, attachment

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