Finding Mercy Street: A Case Study of Anne Sexton and the Therapeutic Effects of Writing Poetry
Thompson, Theresa L.
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Approximately 58 million people suffer from mental disorders in the United States, with roughly 800,000 people taking their lives annually. In this thesis, I explore how writing poetry can be a therapeutic intervention in the treatment of mental illness. The purpose of writing this thesis is to convey my belief that, using Anne Sexton as a case study, by tapping into the collective unconscious, writing poetry can help the mind heal from emotional trauma. The research design employed is a case-study of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Anne Sexton. Based on anecdotal evidence, the results of this case-study suggest that writing poetry prolonged Sexton’s life for 28 years.