Midlife and the Great Unknown

  • by David Whyte
  • Narrated by David Whyte
  • 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"In the middle of the road of my life I awoke in a dark wood, where the true way was wholly lost." When you find yourself suddenly without bearings, as Dante Alighieri voiced so well centuries ago, where will you look for guidance? Throughout the ages, teaches David Whyte, the language of poetry has held a special power to hazard ourselves boldly at the "fierce edges" of our lives. On Midlife and the Great Unknown, you will engage with poetic imagination as it was meant to be experienced: as your companion and guide for the challenging terrain of midlife. Join this Yorkshire-born poet and bestselling author to explore:
"Radical simplification": an invitation to sit in silent reflection and observation

Using your poetic imagination to navigate life's cycles of loss and joy

Honoring who you are right now, including your skills and limitations, and moreThe language of poetry can "emancipate" you into the next phase of your existence, teaches David Whyte. It can help you break through obstacles and give you courage to take necessary risks. Drawing from the wisdom of fellow poets Rainer Maria Rilke, Emily Dickinson, and Seamus Heaney, Whyte invites you to boldly engage in a conversation with the second half of your life on Midlife and the Great Unknown.


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Customer Reviews

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David Whyte is amazing and what he has to say is wonderful. Unfortunately the content of this book is word for word included in Clear Mind Wild Heart which I have already purchased and enjoyed very much. I will be returning this for a refund. It would help to make this clear before purchase.
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- Harold Hughes

love it

love David's work yet this overlaps with much of his calm mind wild heart audiobook
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2008
  • Publisher: Sounds True