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Sublimation/Eros and the Muse

Author(s): Sheena Blackhall

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Sublimation: 'the physical sexual impulse, or libido, in the narrow sense, can be so transformed into some impulse of higher psychic energy that it ceases to be urgent as a physical need... '(Freud) remarks that artists are often... endowed with a specially powerful capacity for sublimation.'... 'the Italian psychotherapist Assagioli attaches high value to sublimation... artistic creation is deeply but obscurely related to the process.' Ellis, H. 1965: 307-308

Bumbazed, we hear anither famous man
Played wi himsel aneth his desk,
Rattled his ain tin can.
He didna tryst wee quines up Terror's lanes,
Nor preen a Voyeur's neb 'gainst windae panes,
Nor peddle heroin, tae pyson halflins' veins.
His public darg... wis't spylt by yon pursuit? I dinna ken.
If Burns hid sublimated aa his groin's dictates,
Poems wad hae poored in torrents frae his pen.
Salvador Dali aften eese tae craw,
He's come afore his canvas. Claimed that he
Wis blessed wi supra-creativity
A topic wirthy o a PhD.
Except maist fowk wad lee... includin me.
Sae fit's perversion? Queen, tricked oot as tart?
A German peinter chiel, oot tae impress
Ejaculated in a public gallery,
Caain this 'Seed Bed' an 'Performance Art'.
A thochtie avant-guard, I maun confess,
Fin Eros lies doon cauldly wi the Muse,
Tae prove Libido's Inspiration's fuse.
(I've niver seen a cuddy in suspenders
I've niver seen a puddock in a basque
For sado-masochism, bondage, flashin's
The kick-start in humanity's hip-flask)

Flesh turned tae wird, the sexual made sublime's
The oil in the lamp that gars it shine.

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Sublimation/Eros and the Muse

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General public
Audience size 100+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Word count 274

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Book

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Published
Publisher Finavon Press
Publication year 2000
Place of publication Angus
ISBN/ISSN 0952881373

Text type

Poem/song/ballad

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Author details

Author id 112
Forenames Sheena
Surname Blackhall
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 16
Upbringing/religious beliefs Brought up Protestant, now Buddhist
Occupation Writer and supply teacher
Place of birth Aberdeen
Region of birth Aberdeen
Birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Aberdeen
Region of residence Aberdeen
Residence CSD dialect area Abd
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Manager of Deeside Omnibus Service
Father's place of birth Aboyne
Father's region of birth Aberdeen
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Private Secretary
Mother's place of birth Aberdeen
Mother's region of birth Aberdeen
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Mother's country of birth Scotland

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English Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gaelic; Scottish Gaelic Yes Yes Yes Yes Elementary. Gaelic choir. Poetry.
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes

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