A Mind Apart

A Mind Apart : Poems of Melancholy, Madness, and Addiction

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"Much madness is divinest sense," wrote Emily Dickinson, "And much sense the starkest madness." The idea that poetry and madness are deeply intertwined, and that madness sometimes leads to the most divine poetry, has been with us since antiquity. In his critical and clinical introduction to this splendid anthology-the first of its kind-psychiatrist and poet Mark S. Bauer considers mental disorders from multiple perspectives and challenges us to broaden our outlook. He has selected more than 200 poems from across seven centuries that reflect a wide range mental states-from despondency and despair to melancholy, mania, and complete submersion into a world of heightened, original perception. Featuring such poets as George Herbert, John Clare, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath, Ann Sexton, Weldon Kees, Lucille Clifton, Jane Kenyon, and many others, A Mind Apart has much to offer those who suffer from mental illness, those who work to understand it, and all those who value the poetry that has come to us from the heights and depths of human experience.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195336410
  • 9780195336412
  • 1,323,724

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Almost as long as poetry has been written, it has been associated with madness. As both physician and poet, Mark Bauer is uniquely positioned to explore this field of reality and myth. His superb introductory essay argues that some kinds of unhinging are a benefit to poets, others a disaster. And his selection of poems from the Middle Ages to the present day is one of the most fascinating anthologies I have ever read. * David Mason, University of Colorado * A Mind Apart is a wonderful book: human, beautiful, and deeply moving. Dr. Bauer, a leading authority on depressive illnesses, has made a real contribution to our understanding of melancholia and madness. * Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind * An excellent choice for study and discussion by residents...A substantial contribution to our field in a book that can expand the reader's sense and knowledge of not only the people we treat, but also the people we walk among every day. * Psychiatrist.com *show more

About Mark S. Bauer

Mark S. Bauer is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He has published well over 100 scientific articles and book chapters, and four other books. His poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals in the US, UK, and Australia, and he is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Imperial Days and The Gnarled Man Rises.show more

Table of contents

THOMAS HOCCLEVE (1368/9-C.1426) ; CHARLES D'ORLEANS (1394-1465) ; WILLIAM DUNBAR (1460-1520) ; ALEXANDER BARCLAY (1475-1552) ; ANONYMOUS (PUBLISHED 1500) ; ANONYMOUS (PUBLISHED 1500) ; FULKE GREVILLE (1554-1628) ; THOMAS LODGE (1557-1625) ; WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616) ; SIR HENRY WOTTON (1568-1639) ; JOHN DAVIES (1569-1618) ; ROBERT BURTON (1577-1640) ; JOHN FLETCHER (1579-1625) AND/OR THOMAS MIDDLETON (1580-1627) ; LADY MARY WROTH (1586-1652) ; ROBERT HERRICK (1591-1674) ; GEORGE HERBERT (1593-1633) ; JOHN MILTON (1608-1674) ; ANN BRADSTREET (1612-1672) ; THOMAS TRAHERNE (1636-1674) ; JAMES CARKESSE (PUBLISHED 1679) ; ANONYMOUS (PUBLISHED 1658) ; ANNE FINCH, COUNTESS OF WINCHILSEA (1661-1720) ; EDWARD WARD (1667-1731) ; ISAAC WATTS (1674-1748) ; EDWARD YOUNG (1683-1765) ; WILLIAM HARRISON (1685-1713) ; MARY BARBER (1685-1755) ; ANONYMOUS (PUBLISHED 1692) ; MATTHEW GREEN (1696-1737) ; WILLIAM COLLINS (1721-1759) ; THOMAS MOZEEN (PUBLISHED 1768) ; CHRISTOPHER SMART (1722-1771) ; THOMAS WARTON (1728-1790) ; WILLIAM COWPER (1731-1800) ; ANONYMOUS (PUBLISHED 1733) ; ROBERT FERGUSSON (1750-1774) ; ANONYMOUS (PUBLISHED 1751) ; THOMAS CHATTERTON (1752-1770) ; JOHN CODRINGTON BAMPFYLDE (1754-1796) ; WILLIAM BLAKE (1757-1828) ; WILLIAM BLOOMFIELD (1766-1823) ; SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772-1834) ; LORD GEORGE GORDON BYRON (1788-1824) ; PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY (1792-1822) ; JOHN CLARE (1793-1864) ; JOHN KEATS (1795-1821) ; ANONYMOUS ("ORESTES") (PUBLISHED 1796) ; THOMAS HAYNES BAYLY (1797-1839) ; POPULAR SONGS ; AMERICAN MOCK-BIRD (PUBLISHED 1801) ; TEMPLE OF HARMONY (PUBLISHED 1801) ; CHOICE COLLECTION (PUBLISHED 1805) ; BOSTON MUSICAL MISCELLANY (PUBLISHED 1815) ; SONGSTER'S COMPANION (PUBLISHED 1815) ; SONGS FOR LADIES (PUBLISHED 1825) ; MUSE, OR THE FLOWERS OF POETRY(PUBLISHED 1827) ; ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING (1806-1861) ; ALFRED TENNYSON (1809-1892) ; MATTHEW ARNOLD (1822-1888) ; SYDNEY DOBELL (1824-1874) ; EMILY DICKINSON (1830-1886) ; HENRY KENDALL (1839-1882) ; THOMAS HARDY (1840-1928) ; ROBERT BRIDGES (1844-1930) ; GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS (1844-1889) ; A. MARY F. ROBINSON (1857-1944) ; ERNEST DOWSON (1867-1900) ; EDWARD THOMAS (1878-1917) ; SIEGFRIED SASSOON (1886-1967) ; IVOR GURNEY (1890-1937) ; WILFRED OWEN (1893-1918) ; EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY (1892-1950) ; DOROTHY PARKER (1893-1967) ; LOUISE BOGAN (1897-1970) ; HART CRANE (1899-1932) ; (JOHN ORLEY) ALLEN TATE (1899-1979) ; ANONYMOUS (PUBLISHED 1930) ; FROM POETRY OF THE INSANE (DR. CHARLES MAYOS, EDITOR; PUBLISHED 1930) ; RICHARD DAVID COMSTOCK (PUBLISHED 1930) ; STANLEY KUNTIZ (1905-2006) ; THEODORE ROETHKE (1908-1963) ; ELIZABETH BISHOP (1911-1979) ; J. V. (JAMES VINCENT) CUNNINGHAM (1911-1985) ; DELMORE SCHWARTZ (1913-1966) ; JOHN BERRYMAN (1914-1972) ; RANDALL JARRELL (1914-1965) ; WELDON KEES (1914-1955) ; DYLAN THOMAS (1914-1953) ; ROBERT LOWELL (1917-1977) ; ROBERT EDWARD DUNCAN (1919-1988) ; HOWARD NEMEROV (1920-1991) ; HAYDEN CARRUTH (1921- ) ; PHILIP LARKIN (1922-1985) ; ANTHONY HECHT (1923-2004) ; RICHARD HUGO (1923-1982) ; JAMES SCHUYLER (1923-1991) ; DONALD JUSTICE (1925-2004) ; ALLEN GINSBERG (1926-1997) ; ROBERT BLY (1926- ) ; WILEY CLEMENTS (1928- ) ; ANN SEXTON (1928-1974) ; CARL WOLFE SOLOMON (1928- ) ; NED O'GORMAN (1929- ) ; STUART Z. PERKOFF (1930-1974) ; SYLVIA PLATH (1932-1963) ; FROM THE JOURNAL OF SAINT DYMPNA (EARL "PETE" NURMI, EDITOR; PUBLISHED 1979) ; JOHN APPLING SOURS ; LUCILLE CLIFTON (1936- ) ; JIM HARRISON (1937- ) ; LES MURRAY (1938- ) ; SHARON OLDS (1942- ) ; TIMOTHY DEKIN (1943-2001) ; QUINCY TROUPE (1943- ) ; THOMAS P. BERESFORD (1946- ) ; ROBERT L. BARTH (1947- ) ; JANE KENYON (1947-1995) ; YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA (1947- ) ; JOSEPH SALEMI (1947- ) ; AIMEE GRUNBERGER (1951-1995) ; JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA (1952- ) ; MARK JARMAN (1952- ) ; FRANZ WRIGHT (1953- ) ; DAVID BAKER (1954- ) ; MICHAEL LAUCHLAN (1954- ) ; JOE BOLTON (1961-1990) ; KELLY ANN MALONE (1963- ) ; BRIAN TURNER (1967- ) ; KEVIN YOUNG (1970- ) ; FROM IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL. "INSANE" WRITINGS (JOHN G.H. OAKES, EDITOR) (PUBLISHED 1991) NICOL ; RICHARD BEARD ; JEFF HOLT (1971- ) ; RICKY CANTOR (1985- ) ; CODA: ANNE STEVENSON (1933- )show more

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