The doctor as poet can heal body and spirit

When poetry and medicine entwine, even the sick and dying discover the beauty of the “finite life,” an award-winning poet’s research showed.

Metaphors may seem out of place in the jargon-filled medical profession, but Palanca awardee Marjorie Evasco said romanticizing a disease or comparing childbirth to a song or death to a summer day could heal and uplift a patient’s spirit.

In her lecture, “The Art of Healing and Poetry,” at this year’s De La Salle University (DLSU) Research Congress, Evasco said poetry as “empathic language” could “transform.”

The use of language “in the sense of the sensuous, aesthetic, instinctive and emotional roots of words” rather than “words as generalized abstractions and jargon” could change a patient’s perception of suffering and death, the creative writing professor said. Read more:


About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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