10 Poems for Difficult Times: How Poetry Helps Us Through Life's Struggles
Poetry really reaches down into the essence of human feeling and ideally, if it's a great poem, it will speak to that essence in as few words as possible.
In a world where life can be difficult, poetry can be a powerful tool in helping us through the struggles. In a recent episode of The One You Feed, host Eric Zimmer speaks with Roger Housden about his book, 10 Poems for Difficult Times, exploring how poetry can help us feed the good wolf and rise above the challenges we face.
The episode begins by discussing the parable of the two wolves. Housden explains that the parable represents the struggle between light and dark within each individual. Zimmer then asks Housden how poetry helps us during difficult times. Housden responds, "Poetry really reaches down into the essence of human feeling and ideally, if it's a great poem, it will speak to that essence in as few words as possible."
One of the poems featured in Housden's book is Ellen Bass's "Relax." Zimmer and Housden discuss why this poem was chosen for a book about difficult times. Housden explains that the poem offers a sense of the possible, even in the midst of difficulty. By painting a dark picture of life, the poem allows the reader to see the beauty that can still exist.
The conversation then turns to surrendering to suffering. Housden explains that surrender cannot be faked, but it is necessary to pay attention to what is happening within ourselves during difficult times. Surrendering allows us to move from a personal experience to a universal one. Zimmer and Housden discuss how a deeply personal experience can lead to a universal truth.
The episode ends with Housden reading a beautiful poem by Rumi. The poem speaks to the deeply personal experience of love and how it can lead to a larger reality. Housden explains that it is through the deeply personal that we can move into the universal.
Overall, this episode of The One You Feed offers listeners a powerful perspective on how poetry can help us through difficult times. By speaking to the essence of human feeling, poetry can help us rise above the challenges we face and move towards a universal truth. Listen to the full episode now here on alcoholfree.com.