THE HEALING POWER OF POETRY by

THE HEALING POWER OF POETRY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two popular figures, Dr. Blanton, a psychiatrist, and Norman Vincent Peale, a minister, have here collaborated to ""sell"" poetry to their audiences. People used to read poetry aloud but this is a custom fallen into discard so that by putting Shakespeare, Tennyson, Shelley, Whitman, etc., etc., in the service of that engulfing passion of our time, psychotherapy, these leaders may be reviving an interest in poetry or at least introducing it to the many unaware of its existence. The selections in this anthology are classical favorites, familiar to all educated people who have long known they derived pleasure from them. The prose texts adjoining the verses will not be necessary to these same people but for those who have omitted poetry from their lives they will offer ways of understanding and enjoying the poems themselves. With the pull of Blanton and Peale's names, this spoon feeding of culture should find a waiting market.

Publisher: Crowell