Infused with wish, heartbreak, and humor, this ebook gathers our best poets from antiquity to the current, prescribing new views on medical professionals and sufferers, treatments and methods, disorder and restoration. A literary elixir, Poetry in drugs monitors the genre’s capability to heal us.
For millennia poets have defined the diseases of the physique and people who deal with them. Infused with wish, heartbreak, and unforeseen humor, this ebook gathers different poems approximately our scientific experiences―poems approximately medical professionals and sufferers, treatments and tactics, health problems and convalescence―each one prescribing a distinct point of view and new revelations. A literary elixir, Poetry in medication showcases not just the breadth of poetry’s dating to medication, but additionally the genre’s unprecedented capability to heal us.
participants comprise Auden, Baudelaire, Berryman, Blake, Bishop, Boland, Campo, Cavafy, Clampitt, Chaucer, Clifton, Cummings, Dickinson, Donne, Conan Doyle, Eliot, Frost, Gunn, corridor, Hass, Hayden, Hirsch, Heaney, O. W. Holmes, Kooser, Larkin, Longfellow, Lowell, Merrill, Milne, Milton, Nash, Ovid, Pinsky, Plath, Rilke, Shakespeare, Seshardi, Sexton, Stevens, Szymborska, Whitman, Williams, Yeats, et al.
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