“Poetry enables the simplest lives to face the most extreme sorrows with courage and motivates the most powerful offices to humbly heed the lessons of compassion.”
– Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A treasure trove of stories, aphorisms, poems and essays
For me, writing is a deeply therapeutic practice. It confers a wide range of benefits with respect to self-improvement, emotional coping mechanisms, psychological healing, development of interpersonal relationships, and even the advancement of our careers – both internally and externally. outside of the writing industry.
Therapeutic: Poetry is a safe way for me to vent, examine and understand my feelings without the pressure of judgment.
Coping with grief: Sad hearts have been the source of some of the most inspiring poetry in the world. Personally, whenever I have experienced a profound loss, I have found putting my feelings into words or honoring those I have lost, extremely cathartic.
Cathartic/automatic writing is the act of casually letting one’s thoughts flow onto the paper. Writing when confused or after an emotionally difficult event can help release feelings and thoughts that the writer might not otherwise want to admit or deal with.
Better self-knowledge: Self-awareness refers to the state of being aware of different aspects of oneself, including characteristics, behaviors and emotions. Writing poetry gives us a positive path to analyze and gain insight into ourselves. Also, at the end, we have a tangible result of the “inner reflection” work for later reference.
Creative thinking: By emphasizing innovative aspects such as symbolism, metaphor, and imagery, poetic writing nurtures and promotes creative thinking in those who practice it. No one is perfect at first, but eventually it helps us grow with practice. The key here is consistency.
Connections: In today’s social media era, when poems are shared on online/offline media, they not only help to inspire, move and entertain other people (e.g. feelings of poetry on Instagram like: RM Drake, Rupi Kaur, etc.), but it could also help forge deeper interpersonal connections between other poets and/or poets and their readers.
Development outlook: A good perspective helps to understand the circumstances from the point of view of others, taking into account the beliefs, backgrounds and points of view of others.
Writing poetry often prompts us to look at the world from different perspectives, which in turn helps instill greater understanding and empathy. It reduces prejudice, inappropriate judgments and conflicts between people of various types.
Cognitive function: The stages of poetic writing, from finding the exact word, followed by elaborating an idea to articulate an idea, to refining the rhythm and meter of a poem, all contribute to strengthening our cognitive processes.
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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