Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 77–87 | Cite as

Poetry as a Key to the Unlocking of the Self

  • Aaron Kramer
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Abstract

In a series of brief narratives, the author demonstrates poetry’s self-explanatory and self-expressive powers. He includes experiences with emotionally disturbed preschoolers, hospitalized schizophrenic children, brain-injured and autistic preadolescents, adolescent victims of advanced cerebral palsy and dystonia muscularum deformans, adult schizophrenics both hospitalized and in halfway houses, withdrawn elderly, and a woman terminally ill. Examples of their creative work underscore the dramatic process of self-liberation that occurred in each instance.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron Kramer
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  1. 1.Dowling CollegeOakdaleEngland

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