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

Ernest Hartmann

in The Nature and Functions of Dreaming

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751778
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751778.003.0004
A Dream Is a Creation, Not a Replay. A Dream Always Makes New Connections, Guided by Emotion

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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

Chapter.  2994 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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