why poetry is good for you.
The written word has the power to positively change your mental wellbeing, evoking a sense of escape and providing an outlet to explore your inner thoughts and feelings. Poetry has been a popular method for many to put their feelings to paper, using the power of free verse, haikus, or iambic pentameter to give a voice to their mental health.
a sense of comfort and calm.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a vivid imagination, reading poetry can enable you to transport yourself to a world different to yours, experiencing things as the poet dictates. This may provide a sense of comfort to escape reality momentarily and leave you more appreciative or retrospective. Poetry with repetition or rhyme can instil a sense of calm and familiarity, putting you at ease and relaxing your mind.
Occasionally we need to voice our thoughts to make sense of or organise them. It’s a known fact that writing down what’s on your mind is effective for some, either via journaling, diary entries or writing poetry. You don’t have to show anyone, nor does it have to make sense (it’s poetry, the epitome of subjective writing) – but it will help you both explain your thoughts and understand them better. Sometimes it helps to be vulnerable and pour out our emotions to create clarity, making you more honest and introspective.
Reading others’ poetry that describes a time in their life that they struggled or felt intense emotions, can allow you to empathise or even relate with their experience. It may enlighten you to struggles you weren’t aware of or open to your eyes to a different way of looking at things. By writing poetry, you can evoke empathy in others, and it can become a powerful tool for societal change.
freedom of exploration.
There are no limitations in poetry, you can write freely and explore different emotions, writing styles, topics and potential outcomes. You may find yourself writing about an experience you had pushed to the back of your mind. This freedom can also allow you to gradually tackle a situation or thoughts in a less obvious way, using metaphors or assumptions instead of writing your feelings as they are.
Even if you’re not an experienced writer or starting a poem sounds scary to you, give it a try and see if your emotions fall onto the page.