Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 155–166 | Cite as

The Poem as Therapy: Catalyst for the Epiphanies of Creative Growth

  • William Kir-Stimon


This paper is an exploration of some of the similarities and differences between the intent of poetry and psychotherapy. There appears to be considerable congruence with reference to their theoretical bases and raison d’etre. Major focus is on linguistic and craft aspects, with some discussion of both the formal and unconscious aspects of poetry as they relate to different therapeutic styles. In an existential frame of reference, the poetic experience provides for self-discovery and creative growth as well as an outlet for cognitive and affective expression. Some parallels are drawn with implications for therapy.


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  • William Kir-Stimon
    • 1
  1. 1.EvanstonUSA

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