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When a doctor prescribes poetry

Amanda Gorman’s inspirational poem, which was stolen during President Biden’s inauguration in January, showed millions of Americans the emotional and social power of poetry, and I hope it motivated them to use it themselves.

In her blog, Diana Raab, a Santa Barbara psychologist and author, wrote that “poetry can help us feel like we are part of a bigger picture, not just living in our own isolated little world. Writing and reading poetry can be a springboard for growth, healing, and transformation. Poets help us to see a piece of the world like we could never have before. ”

Dr. Rafael Campo, a physician-poet at Harvard Medical School, believes that poetry can help doctors become better waiters by fostering compassion for their patients, testifying to our common humanity, which he believes is healing. When he said it in his speech at TEDxCambridge in June 2019. “When we hear rhythmic language ենք recite poems, our bodies translate rough sensory data into subtle knowledge, the feeling becomes meaning”

According to Dr. Robert S., a psychiatrist at the University of California, Los Angeles. According to Carol, poetry can enable people to talk about taboo subjects such as death և death և provide healing աճ growth և transformation. ,

Referring to the epidemic, Dr. Rosenthal said: “This crisis affects more or less everyone. Poetry can help us to develop such complex feelings as loss, sadness, anger, lack of hope. Although there is no gift for everyone writing: poetry, we can all benefit from the ideas that many poets have beautifully expressed. ”

Indeed, the first section of the book contains Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “One Art” about a loss that can comfort the afflicted. He wrote::

Even losing you (joking voice, gesture)

I love) I did not lie. It is obvious

The art of losing is not so difficult to master

although it may be like (Write it!) like a disaster.

“When people are devastated by losses, they should be allowed to express their pain,” Dr. Rosenthal said in an interview. “We should offer them compassionate support, not encourage them to move forward. You can not force closing. “If people want to shut down, they will do it in time.”

The closure was not a state cherished by Edna St. Vincent Milley, who wrote it.

“Time does not bring peace. You all lied

Who told me that time would ease my pain? ”

However, Dr. Rosenthal noted that for most people, time is really relaxing, despite what his friend Kay Redfield Jam Jamison wrote in his memoir “An Unietiet Mind.” For him, tranquility “did it in its own, not very sweet time.”

The poems that I realize, thanks to Dr. Rosenthal, can be a literary panacea for the epidemic. They inform us that we are not alone, that those before us have been saved from destructive loss այ desolation, that we can rise above the written, the spoken, the imagined, the deviated.


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