The special feature of psychoanalytic view toward works of art, is that it seeks to find the psychic forces motivating the artist - and finds them in the unconscious. The works of art are born out of the imagination of their author, of his fantasies. According to the theory of psychoanalysis (ie. metapsychology) conscious fantasies are just surface manifestations of others, buried in the depths of the unconscious mental life. In the meeting between the unconscious of the artist and that of the person perceiving his work, lies a considerable part of the impact the work of art wields.
According to Dr. Freud, "when the poet introduces us to the games of imagination or tells us about them (we tend to treat them as his personal "daydreams"), we are experiencing sovereign pleasure." Through his ars poetica, the artist manages to soften the selfish nature of fantasy and to provide aesthetic pleasure. He leads us to a state, when we can enjoy our own fantasies "without any reproach and without shame."
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nikola Atanassov