The 18th century German poet Friedrich Hölderlin considers philosophy as a possible cure – or at least refuge – for an afflicted poet.  He was of a delicate constitution and it isn’t clear that it actually helped him in the long run, but it’s an interesting perspective. 

True, there is a hospital where poets afflicted as I am may find honourable refuge – philosophy.


Source: Friedrich Hölderlin, letter to Christian Ludwig Neuffer, 12 November 1798, Essays and Letters, trans. and ed. by Jeremy Adler and Charlie Louth (London: Penguin Books, 2009), p. 109

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