Poetry Pharmacy

William Sieghart

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Poetry Pharmacy

Poetry Pharmacy When we re grieving when we re broken hearted and when we find ourselves struggling to understand the things we re feeling we long for the connection poetry can provide To find the right poem at th

  • Title: Poetry Pharmacy
  • Author: William Sieghart
  • ISBN: 9781846149542
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When we re grieving, when we re broken hearted, and when we find ourselves struggling to understand the things we re feeling, we long for the connection poetry can provide To find the right poem at that crucial moment, one capable of expressing our situation with considerably elegance than we could muster ourselves, is to discover a powerful sense of complicity, andWhen we re grieving, when we re broken hearted, and when we find ourselves struggling to understand the things we re feeling, we long for the connection poetry can provide To find the right poem at that crucial moment, one capable of expressing our situation with considerably elegance than we could muster ourselves, is to discover a powerful sense of complicity, and that precious realization I m not the only one who feels like this.In the years since he first had the idea of prescribing short, powerful poems for all manner of spiritual ailments, William Sieghart has taken his Poetry Pharmacy around the length and breadth of Britain, into the pages of the Guardian, onto BBC Radio 4 and onto the television, honing his prescriptions all the time This pocket sized book presents the most essential poems in his dispensary those which, again and again, have really shown themselves to work Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain.

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    1. Rebecca Foster on said:

      Today is National Poetry Day here in the UK, and there could be no better primer for reluctant poetry readers than William Sieghart’s The Poetry Pharmacy. Consider it the verse equivalent of Berthoud and Elderkin’s The Novel Cure: an accessible and inspirational guide that suggests the right piece at the right time to help heal a particular emotional condition.Sieghart, a former chairman of the Arts Council Lottery Panel, founded the Forward Prizes for Poetry in 1992 and National Poetry Day [...]

    2. Dane Cobain on said:

      This was a cute little collection, although it did also start to feel a little repetitive after a while. In it, Sieghart basically takes a bunch of different circumstances in which someone might need a poem and then he makes a diagnosis and writes out a prescription in the form of a famous poem. Sieghart has made a name for himself as the proprietor of the Poetry Pharmacy, and he goes to events and listens to people’s troubles and then suggests a poem that might help them.It’s a pretty cool [...]

    3. Lorraine on said:

      Most of the poems in this are great. The premise of this book, however, is both bizarre and disturbing. On the one hand there is a certain reverence for art, which has modernist (well, Romantic) roots. On the other there is this instrumentalisation of poetry as therapy. I'm not even sure it's a proper bibliotherapy thing. It's just bizarre -- dependent on some very queer readings of poems -- and the assumption that poems can be 'prescribed' like pills is even more disturbing (he has curated them [...]

    4. J M Shelley on said:

      Description“When we're grieving, when we're broken-hearted, and when we find ourselves struggling to understand the things we're feeling, we long for the connection poetry can provide. To find the right poem at that crucial moment, one capable of expressing our situation with considerably more elegance than we could muster ourselves, is to discover a powerful sense of complicity, and that precious realization: I'm not the only one who feels like this.In the years since he first had the idea of [...]

    5. Laura Hartley on said:

      Find the full review on What's Hot.This post is a little different to most book reviews on here. I’m going to tell you a story about me and this book that I think will explain how I feel much more succinctly than a “proper” review ever could. Confession time. Whilst I was hugely excited about The Poetry Pharmacy‘s arrival, I was also quite disappointed when I finally opened it up. It was exactly what I thought it would be – a poem for every ailment – but it didn’t quite hit the spo [...]

    6. Maria Novella on said:

      The Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart is a collection of poems suitable for a lot of situations which might present in our lives: depression, anxiety, need of reassurance, stagnation, guilt, fear of the unknown, relationships that create all sort of problems, grief. Every one of us has encountered at least one of those situations in life. I found a lot of comfort in many of those poems, I even cried reading some of those, they really resonated with me. Reading Sieghart's introduction to every [...]

    7. Siobhán Mc Laughlin on said:

      I have waited a LONG time for a book like this!A veritable poetry prescription pad, a compendium of healing words. I've been doing this on my poetry blog, consciously and subconsciously for a long time. I'm a firm believer that whatever emotional ailment you suffer from, there is a poem out there to understand it, transform it, even cure it. So too is the author here, William Sieghart. His affably eloquent and compassionate voice accompanies this selection of wonderful poems, narrating and expla [...]

    8. Katherine Brant on said:

      I enjoyed some of the poem in this such as;All that is gold does not glitter by J.R.R TolkienEverything is going to be all right by Derek MahonAt set of sun by Ella Wheeler WilcoxIf by Rudyard KiplingThe guest house by RumiI want to see you by Rumi Overall the idea is great but I feel like there could have been a lot more to it, a few poems for each section, some more variety like Lord Byron and Edgar Allan Poe would have been really good.I feel the book just lacks something.

    9. Michele on said:

      I have long loved poetry,thanks in part to wonderful teaching and funnily enough my mother who if I recall first read me The old woman of the roads. It is a beautiful art form. A pleasant volume and timely read.I did not read all the commentaries, I like my poetry without explanation or analysis but this may help guide .

    10. Louise on said:

      Excellent selection of poems, some familiar and some not, accompanied with thoughtful and insightful comments, with several ways to look at each poem and apply it to your own situation. A wonderful reference to dip into when you need a quiet moment for any reason.

    11. Ewa Hercyk on said:

      The most poignant poetry anthology I have ever encountered. Sieghart's collection perfectly encapsulates the hardships and struggles of life and provides a beautiful poultice to aid them. I love it.

    12. Courtney on said:

      I wasn't really a big fan of this. I felt that a couple of the poems were good, but it got repetitive after a while. I didn't really connect with them like I thought I was.

    13. Anna on said:

      This is an enjoyable poetry anthology, but I also appreciate the author's insights.

    14. Frances Thompson on said:

      What a soothing and delicious read. Will turn to this book again and again for solace and comfort.

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