POETRY FOR LIBERATION.

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  • Author(s): Kramer, Aaron
  • Source:
    Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Summer89, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p370. 10p.
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      Summary This article focuses anecdotally on the therapeutic powers of poetry and of the poet himself or herself as a direct agent in the healing process. Four long poems--by Adam Mickiewicz, Thomas Gray, Robert Browning, and Walt Whitman--that won unexpectedly profound acceptance from a hospital audience of mentally ill people are analyzed in depth. What the poems have in common is that each demonstrates dramatically the poet's liberating role. Other episodes of a similar nature follow, culminating in a remarkable moment when a fast-fading tubercular schizophrenic was literally resuscitated by a cassette recording of his own voice reciting his own affirmative poetry. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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