Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 21–26 | Cite as

Poetic Medicine: Explicating a Sonnet

  • Owen E. Heninger
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Abstract

An explication of a sonnet illustrates the benefits of the therapeutic use of poetry. Particular attention is given to organization, condensation, clarification, safety, catharsis, and mastery.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Owen E. Heninger
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  1. 1.University of So. California School of MedicineWhittierUSA

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