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I am a dance—play up there! This poem is in the public domain. A Noiseless Patient Spider A noiseless patient spider, I mark'd where on a little promontory it stood isolated, Mark'd how to explore the vacant vast surrounding, It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself, Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them. And you O my soul where you stand, Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space, Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them, Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold, Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.
Walt Whitman America Centre of equal daughters, equal sons, All, all alike endear'd, grown, ungrown, young or old, Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich, Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love, A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother, Chair'd in the adamant of Time. To Think of Time 1 To think of time—of all that retrospection! To think of to-day, and the ages continued henceforward!
Have you guess'd you yourself would not continue? Have you dreaded these earth-beetles? Have you fear'd the future would be nothing to you? Is to-day nothing? Is the beginningless past nothing? If the future is nothing, they are just as surely nothing. To think that the sun rose in the east! To think that we are now here, and bear our part! Not a day passes—not a minute or second, without a corpse! To think how eager we are in building our houses!
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To think others shall be just as eager, and we quite indifferent! To think how much pleasure there is! Have you pleasure from looking at the sky? Do you enjoy yourself in the city? Or with your mother and sisters? Your farm, profits, crops,—to think how engross'd you are! Yourself, forever and ever!
If otherwise, all came but to ashes of dung, If maggots and rats ended us, then Alarum! Then indeed suspicion of death. Do you suspect death? How beautiful and perfect are the animals! How perfect the earth, and the minutest thing upon it! The trees have, rooted in the ground! I swear I think there is nothing but immortality! Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter. Teach This Poem. Follow Us. Find Poets. Read Stanza. Jobs for Poets. Materials for Teachers. The Walt Whitman Award.
James Laughlin Award. Ambroggio Prize. Dear Poet Project. Back Issues. The easy way: get to know him better. I enjoyed reading it through but of course the real value of this book is to have it to hand on days when one of these poems, together with the accompanying thoughts and notes, is just the very thing you need to deal with that particular life challenge. View 2 comments. Jan 26, Seren rated it it was amazing. And any book that includes my favourite Mary Oliver poem is an automatic winner from.
Nov 27, Deborah Allin rated it it was amazing. I seriously want to find William Sieghart and give him a hug. This book is beyond any self help book in any genre really.
It comprises a poem in conjunction with a piece of writing from Sieghart containing prescriptions for most all of our human malaises. I have found such relief in poetry during my journey through loss, pain, sadness, betrayal and depression. But this collection is truly special and loaded with sage wisdom from someone you just know has been there too and used his experience to I seriously want to find William Sieghart and give him a hug.
But this collection is truly special and loaded with sage wisdom from someone you just know has been there too and used his experience to find truth. Jan 29, Maisie Prudames rated it it was amazing Shelves: reads , read-it-and-weep. Feb 24, Jasmin rated it really liked it. This is such a great anthology of poems, a book I will definitely keep referring back to when I need some reassurance or comfort in other people's words.
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 Most of the poems in this are great.
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 and apparently some pills are better pills than others, and these pills work universally for all people, nevermind your individual reaction to a poem? What irks me the most, perhaps, is what one might consider a minor detail, but something that I think is telling re his view on poetry.
This man has categorised the poems not by poem name so, assuming you liked one, you can't find it by title but by the ailment said poem is supposed to treat. This person does not love poetry, in my opinion. Then again, he set up a charity for gifted kids. Some are more equal than others, welcome Doctor, and your relation of power.
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Enough said. Jun 30, Ophelinha rated it liked it.
Food for the soul, medicine for the broken heart. Rediscovering poetry one line at the time. A comforting addition to any bookshelf. May 16, Lauren Hancock rated it it was amazing. Braden gave me this for Mother's Day and I love it! The concept is fun, the analyses are brief and thoughtful, and the poems themselves are gems. Jan 10, Laura What's Hot? Find the full review on What's Hot. This post is a little different to most book reviews on here.
Confession time. I spent day Find the full review on What's Hot. I spent days looking at it on my bedside table wondering how a book that had received so many great reviews, that had sounded so perfect for me, could be such a disappointment. I read. And suddenly, I feel less alone. My heart is warmed. Perhaps poetry really is the greatest medicine after all. Keep this on your bookshelf as you would keep paracetamol in your bathroom cupboard. Do yourself a favour and purchase this now — future you will thank me when the time is right.
Nov 17, Jessica Shelley rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , 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 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.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king. We might fall. Come to the edge. It's too high! And they came And he pushed And they flew. It goes among things that change. People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer and get old. Thoughts Out of the blue, I received this beautiful book as a gift from Mr Harris.
And the manager at Waterstones recommended it too. This was serious business. My relationship was on the line. Thankfully both of them could sigh in relief. Because, this book, really was everything I could have hoped for. The Poetry Pharmacy really is a perfect title. It was exactly what I needed to read right now! Recently my anxiety had gotten the best of me. Now, I feel armoured for those days. Under each theme were multiple poems and descriptions for different types of emotions such as anxiety, lack of courage, insecurity, social overload and false expectations in love.
What I loved about this, was its variety. For every feeling you could conjure, there was a poem for it. In the back of the book, there is a whole index full of all the kinds of emotions you can encounter within your lifetime and it matches the poems you would most likely be suitable to read to help you. And sometimes, the poems are like prescribed medicine — you take it because you know it will make you feel better.
But it tastes bitter on the way down. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours. And guys, oh guys, does this collection achieve this! You found a healing potion for all my worries. And brought it to me in a physical form. Apr 18, Victoria Foote-Blackman rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry.
Four stars rather than five or three. As other reviewers have noted in different ways, there is something a bit pat about the idea of consuming poems to just feel better, or for a quick fix. There is simply no panacea for all of us--in this tome or anywhere else--even taking into account the different woes that plague the human spirit, from the truly tragic to mere existential ennui.
Nevertheless, this is a book that would make a perfect present for all but the very literate. For the poetry gun- Four stars rather than five or three. For the poetry gun-shy among us, this small compendium is a friendly introduction to the ability of verse to capture feelings in distinctive and often resonant ways.
Some of the poems are simply coy bandaids, the kind that come off the first time you run your hands in water. But other poems truly can remind us all that to be human is to suffer but also to celebrate. Locking arms with this reality can indeed help us "tote the weary load. Occasionally his advice--which appears in the left-hand page facing the poem--is placating and faintly patronizing; other times Sieghart hits the mark exactly, often in both insightful and stylish prose. He does have the annoying habit of referring too often to his poetry pharmacies and interviews with unhappy clients, a bit like so many contemporary self-help books that are mostly a string of anecdotes about psychotherapists' patients.
But there are pages where what he writes is better than the facing poem. I recommend this little book as a gift to any young person, high school or older, or to the perennial empaths you may know, and to those wallowing--rightly or wrongly--in the troughs of earthly vicissitude. They can take what they like and chuck the rest. And they'll be grateful to you. Nov 13, Sue Cartwright rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry.
This is a truly wonderful and medicinal book of poems so cleverly aligned to all manner of different moods and conditions. A helpful handbook for times when we feel stressed or anxious or low.
It's what this book is for - to soothe and calm, to inspire and motivate, to lift and heal and restore. I haven't read every single poem yet but I have read many more than a few, and keep this beautiful linen coated book by my side for times when I need solace or inspiration. The things I especially love are This is a truly wonderful and medicinal book of poems so cleverly aligned to all manner of different moods and conditions.
The things I especially love are guidance on 'how to read a poem' and how every condition - anxiety, inertia, self-recrimination, complacency and so on - comes not only with its own specially selected poem, but also with an overview of what that condition might mean to you with lovely ideas on how best to work through it. An example: For 'psychological scarring' - 'Although the Wind' by Izumi Shikibu translated by Jane Hirshfield with Mariko Aratani: Although the wind blows terribly here, the moonlight also leaks between the roof planks of this ruined house.
The natural juxtaposition of darkness and light, love and pain - so poignant and beautiful, so simple yet powerful. A perfect remedy. Dec 01, Maria Novella rated it it was amazing. 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 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.
Reading Sieghart's introduction to every poem is very important, and his words are equally beautiful and meaningful. It is a precious book to keep and to go back to when one needs to. 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 I have waited a LONG time for a book like this! His affably eloquent and compassionate voice accompanies this selection of wonderful poems, narrating and explaining each choice.
Gathered herein are poems for heartbreak, grief, despair, existential ennui.
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My only gripe is that it's too short. Much too short! You could have a thousand page anthology on this subject easily!! I wanted to read more, even a few poems for each section. I could easily think of ones. For that sole reason, I have not given it a 5star rating. Feb 18, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry , psychology , spirituality , grief-loss.
A book inspired by the "poetry pharmacy" the author has set up live at various times, at which he "prescribes" different poems to people for various emotional issues or life challenges. Each poem in the anthology has about a page-long intro from the author containing his musings on it and what condition it "treats. It got tedious reading the descripti A book inspired by the "poetry pharmacy" the author has set up live at various times, at which he "prescribes" different poems to people for various emotional issues or life challenges.
It got tedious reading the descriptions, which in many cases were much longer than the poems themselves. I even found the musings annoying on some of the ones that didn't happen to apply to me so much. So, it would probably be better-used as it was intended--a book to pop open to a particular poem based on the issues of the reader. I think I'd also like to re-read it some time just reading the poems and ignoring the author's prescriptions to see how it flows that way.
Feb 14, Richard Smith rated it really liked it. I was given this book by my daughter for Christmas. I liked the idea that you might prescribe poems to cure or alleviate life's ills, but I was sceptical--despite using poems to alleviate distress as well as inspire myself. I thought as well that I would concentrate on the poems, many of which I knew, rather than reading the guff that accompanies each one. But I found that I liked the guff: Sieghart does a good job of describing the problem, the "disease," and showing how the poem can help all I was given this book by my daughter for Christmas.
But I found that I liked the guff: Sieghart does a good job of describing the problem, the "disease," and showing how the poem can help alleviate the problem. He writes as seriously about his pharmacy as a GP might write about his clinics.