The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

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With the imagery of a poet and the reflection of a philosopher, David Whyte turns his attention to 52 ordinary words, each its own particular doorway into the underlying currents of human life. Beginning with Alone and closing with Work, each chapter is a meditation on meaning and context, an invitation to shift and broaden our perspectives on the inevitable vicissitudes of life: pain and joy, honesty and anger, confession and vulnerability, the experience of feeling besieged and the desire to run away from it all. Through this lens, procrastination may be a necessary ripening; hiding an act of freedom; and shyness the appropriate confusion and helplessness that accompanies the first stage of revelation. Consolations invites readers into a poetic and thoughtful consideration of words whose meaning and interpretation influence the paths we choose and the way we traverse them throughout our lives
Publisher: Langley, WA :, Many Rivers Press,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781932887341
Branch Call Number: 158.1 WHY
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 19 cm


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Jun 04, 2018

I found this book to be incredibly honest. If you are looking for a brighter side of life this book is not for you. If you want someone that will walk with you as you wander through life and has a bit of wisdom for you then David Whyte is at his best from what I can tell. I experienced only openness and curiosity from this book. Its not necessarily poetry, its more of meditations, which is a great little bit to start your day with.

Jun 22, 2016

I'm a little surprised by the number of stars many people gave to this book. I found it lacking the poetry, even humanity, I expected from a poet. But I only gave it a few chapters because I was turned off with his interpretation of those words. Language is fluid, changing. He approaches it almost with anger and confining. The tone seemed more a world according to David Whyte than a contemplation of words. There isn't an openness of exploration and meaning but definitive conclusions and instruction. Much of it dark, heavy, burdened. That wasn't what I was expecting nor looking for. Hardly consolations by any means. I wish the author greater happiness than it seems he found in writing this book. Now I'm wondering if my two stars were generous!

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