Classical Psychologists

These short poems are based on an invented form called “briefs,” which you can read about on this page. Basically, the couplet has to end with the name of a (famous) person, and it has to be written in anapestic tetrameter, with the first syllable removed, for a total of eleven syllables. Variations are acceptable because not every name will fit into such a meter.

A wish that’s fulfilled will not leave us devoid,
But generates dreams, said the analyst Freud.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

The symbols and myths that we all live among,
Come from the collective unconscious, said Jung.

Carl Jung (1875-1961)

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