Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul – Poetry Book
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” That memorable quote from the film Dead Poets Society exemplifies how poetry gives humans comfort. Sure, poetry is pretty words that can give you pleasure, but it can also give you comfort, reassurance, therapy, or some kind of medication for your aching heart. It could be a reason for someone to stay alive.
On stormy days, people reach poetry for answers and help. And when you find the right poetry that perfectly matches your current feeling and needs, it can help you to ease your pain. It’s the power of “relatability” that poetry can comfort us. But we are not always lucky enough to find the perfectly fit poetry in the moment of sadness. For that reason, publicist and philanthropist, William Sieghart created this collective poetry book to prescribe you the right poetry for your needs.
‘The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul’ by William Sieghart will help you find the poetry for your current state of feeling. Sieghart provides an explanation of 56 problems and conditions such as loneliness, compulsive behavior, romantic boredom, and depression along with a poem that helps you to cope with that specific problem.
He said, “Therapeutic power only exists if you can find the right poem for the right state of mind”. Indeed, it’s the same notion as to when you go to a clinic and you are prescribed medicine for your problem. Sieghart considered this as a self-help book for life, with poetry. The conditions in the books are divided into five categories. “Mental and Emotional Wellbeing for conditions like anxiety and depression, “Motivations” for problems like stagnation, “Self- image and Self-acceptance” to cope with self-dilemma such as insecurity and sexual repression, “The World and Other People” describes situations like oppression, and lastly, “Love and Loss” for problems such as rocky relationship and obsessive love.
You can find almost every condition. Sieghart went as specific as problems such as aging parents and failure to live in the moment. The presentation of the book firstly describes the problem on one side of a spread and followed by the poem “prescription” on the other side of the spread.