It can also be a profound force force for healing.
In our twenty-first century world, there is a soul-deficiency in the culture. We also live in a ‘poetically underdeveloped nation’, says Robert Bly, where what we have is the dryness of materialism and the jingles of the advertising agencies. ‘…Without the fanciful delicacy and the powerful truths that poems convey, emotions and imagination flatten out. There’s a lack of spirit, of vision. The loss in the heart appears as a loss of heart…’ he continues (my italics).