Including poems by writers from the dawn of the Early Modern period
to the 21st Century, this anthology explores changing attitudes to
medicine, health and the body. A Body of Work: An Anthology of
Poetry and Medicine is divided into nine thematic sections,
including poetry from all periods as well as historical documents
that help students place the poetry in its cultural contexts and
covering such topics as: -The material body -Nerves, nervous
disorders and psychology -Consumption: food, drugs and alcohol
-Contagion and disease -Doctors, hospitals and the experience of
medicine -Treatments and cures -The body in pleasure and pain
-Evolution, genetics and reproduction -Ageing, dying and death "A
Body of Work "is supported by a companion website offering further
contextual essays, class discussion questions and visual
material.Includes work by such poets as: Daniel Abse, Maya Angelou,
Matthew Arnold, W.H. Auden, Ann Bradstreet, William Blake, Charles
Bukowski, Raymond Carver, S.T Coleridge, Erasmus Darwin, Emily
Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Philip
Larkin, Robert Lowell, Paul Muldoon, Sylvia Plath, Rainer Maria
Rilke, Theodore Roetke, Christina Rossetti, Jo Shapcott, Jonathan
Swift, Michael Symmons-Roberts, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Walt Whitman,
William Carlos Williams, William Wordsworth.
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