In the first of our radio packages I take a closer look at the claim that poetry can be therapeutic.
Many famous poets have been through mental illness. One poet who wrote extensively about his experiences was John Clare, England’s greatest nature poet. He even believed that poetry could be healing.
But you don’t have to be a professional poet to write poetry when in distress. Many people follow Clare’s example and reach for poetry when they find themselves in painful circumstances. But do any of these amateur poets feel that their poetry was healing?
I went to find out if John Clare’s views were more than just poetic licence: