Doing Poetic Inquiry

  • Helen Owton

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


This book offers a phenomenologically-inspired approach to sharing stories via ‘poetic inquiry’, a research approach that is rapidly gaining popularity within psychology and the wider social sciences. Owton begins by framing how poetry can appeal to all of the senses, how it can offer readers a shared experience of the world and why poetry should be used as a research approach. Chapters explore various aspects of poetic inquiry including poetry as data, turning data into poetry, poetry as literature review and poetry as reflective writing. The final chapters consider how one might draw on characterising traits to judge poetic inquiry, and how poetry might resonate with audiences to effect wider dissemination of research. This interdisciplinary exploration will be of interest to scholars in psychology, sociology, social work, and literature, as well as to medical and sports practitioners.


psychology phenomenology thought creativity method methodology data

Authors and affiliations

  • Helen Owton
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  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

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