Stressed, Unstressed explores the meditative power of poetry, recognised and used throughout centuries but often forgotten in our modern world. Byrne and Bates have selected some of the most beautiful and beloved of poems – from Horace to Carol Ann Duffy, by way of Emily Dickinson and W.B. Yeats – to ignite a journey of discovery within.
There are many ways of dealing with stress: a walk in the park, a cup of tea and a chat with a friend, a long hot bath, or that form of practised mediation which has become known as ‘mindfulness’. In this little book we would like to share another remedy, in fact one of the oldest remedies of all: the reading of poetry.
Sometimes, a poem can be a life-saver.
Helping us endure some of our most stressful moments and painful experiences, poetry tells us we are not alone.
Returned again and again over the centuries by great imaginations the themes of love, death, memory, the loss of loved ones or the evocations of the natural world have inspired some of our best-known and loved poetry and some of our greatest poets.
At its best, poetry can act as a universal panacea a place to turn in moments of crisis, reflection or loneliness. Stressed, Unstressed harvests an array of poems designed to console, comfort and provide some much-needed clarity amidst the chaos of day-to-day life.
A selection of new poems and old, enduring classics and forgotten gems, compiled by academics Paula Byrne, author of The Real Jane Austen and Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead, and Jonathan Bate, author of Ted Hughes: An Authorised Life and The Genius of Shakespeare, 'Stressed Unstressed' invites you to join the thousands of others who have read, remembered and loved these poems - to form a very special community.
Consider it your very own bibliotherapy.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 210 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm
'Inspired ... With excellent commentary from beginning to end, this useful book is cheaper than therapy ... A wonderful volume for every home' Bel Mooney, Daily Mail
'Packages up some of the most beautiful and beloved of poems (from Horace to Clive James, by way of Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and WB Yeats) ... Read a poem a day and it could save your sanity as much as any fancy new theory ... Above all, the poems remind us what it is to be human in any age, and that we are not alone' Sunday Times
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