The Letter, Issue 57, Autumn 2014, Pages 47 - 62
SUBJECT AND SUBJECT-MATTER
Based upon ‘The Psychoanalytic Discourse: A Second Reading of Lacan’s L’Etourdit’ by Christian Fierens, I look at ‘The Tollund Man’ by Seamus Heaney as the first stage of a process. l consider the limitations of certain hermeneutic tactics brought to my first hearing it. Then, l consider a hypothetical situation, in which the words were spoken and heard in a psychoanalytic setting. I examine the further inadequacies of these interpretive strategies for such a situation together with the possibility of going beyond them.
Keywords: delusion of interpretation; unary trait; semantic equivocation; infra-linguistic differance
The Tollund Man
I Some day I will go to Aarhus
To see his peat-brown head,
The mild pods of his eye-lids,
His pointed skin cap. In the flat country near by Where they dug him out, His last gruel of winter seeds
Caked in his stomach, Naked except for The cap, noose and girdle,
I will stand a long time. Bridegroom to the goddess, She tightened her torc on him
And opened her fen, Those dark juices working
Him to a saint’s kept body,
Trove of the turfcutters’
Now his stained face
Reposes at Aarhus.