Poetry is an age-old art form that many have used to express themselves throughout life. At some point in time, you’ve probably experimented with writing some.
Whether it was for a school project or because you were going through your angsty teen days, you’ve encountered some poetry. Of course, music is also a form a poetry. It just has another layer added to it.
You may encounter poetry as a passive part of your life, but you should be finding ways to actively pursue it.
Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. Here’s
10 Reasons to Write Poetry
(1) You’ll gain a new perspective.
Writing poetry requires you to use the creative side of your brain to find a way to keep your story within a rhythm. You have to find a way to fit what you’re saying into a shorter box, if you will.
In order to do so, you’ll expand your usage of metaphors and similes. You will have to make connections so that you can relay your message to your audience or reader.
Learning to master metaphors by writing poetry will exercise your brains ability to make connections and can help strengthen your ability to sympathize.
Often, we overlook problems or people because we don’t understand them. We can’t relate, rather, we don’t know how to.
Poetry can give you that skill-set.
(2) Poems allow you to break all those boring writing rules.
That’s my favorite part of creative writing in general. While I am a trained journalist and a writer by profession, traditional writing makes me feel boxed.
Creative writing is about expression. Periods and sentence structures no longer matter. You break the text up to guide the reader carefully, to read it like you would speak it.
You break the rules in order to create your own.
This allows you to make different connections with words that you never held before. You changed your frames so it changed your perspective on language.
(3) Poetry will improve your other forms of writing.
In some weird irony, by breaking all the writing rules, you’ll learn how to follow the rules better.
As you learn to see words differently and carefully choose them, you will find that your standardized writing will improve.
You will notice how some words sound harsh, others soft. You’ll pay attention to both the denotations and connotations and how they change the meanings of your sentences.
(4) It will sharpen your ears and eyes.
Like I was saying, as you find words to rhyme or complete rhythms, you will start to pay closer attention to words themselves. You will notice how your mouth moves for certain words, how your brain processes them, and how they sound as you read them aloud or in your head.
If you are writing the poem to be read, you’ll chose different words than if you are writing the poem to be spoken. You will even change the way the stanzas are broken.
Just the placement of words on the page is an art. Our minds “eat” differently depending on how they are presented.
If you keep writing poetry, you will be better at placing the words on your create cover pages; your resumes and cover letters will improve; and you’ll pay attention to breaking up those long paragraphs in your emails so they’re easier to digest.
(5) Writing poetry will help you understand how you feel.
Everyone needs healthy soul-searching and introspection.Because of life, this can be harder for some than it is for others. That’s where poetry comes in.
Journaling is often recommended. But writing in a traditional sense can be stifling. There’s so many rules to follow.
The reason for those rules mimic the reason we have rules in our spoken language: we want it to be easy for anyone who speaks the same language as you to understand you. Of course, we deviate from that all the time. We have subcultures, dialects, and slang that allows us to relax and be ourselves.
Poetry is just that. It’s the slang of the writing world that allows you to relax into yourself.
Pick a topic. Something close to you. Love. Pain. Loss. Joy. Start writing about it. Don’t allow yourself to filter your thoughts. Just let the poem flow.
Without the imposed standards, your mind will think more freely and you will write freely. Now that you’ve unboxed yourself, it’ll be easier to connect to your own feelings and thoughts.
(6) Writing poetry will help others know how they feel, too.
And just as your poem is a freeing experience for you, it will do the same for others. They may not have had the words but, in reading your poem, they found them.
That’s a statement that’s true for art in general.
(7) It’s therapeutic.
If you have something heavy, you can put it down by writing it down. In expressing those emotions, you get to leave them on the paper (or computer).
By the time you’ve jotted down all those feelings, you will wonder why they even bothered you.
Sometimes, after I’ve written it all down and reset to my happy place, I ball the paper up and throw it away. It’s a satisfying answer to the problem because I can physically do something about it immediately.
Did it actually solve it? Probably not. But being able to write it down, express all my unbridled emotions, and throw them away allows me to gain a sense of control. So, it’s the first step and dealing with the problem.
You can’t fix it if you feel like it’s impossible to fix. Poetry makes it possible.
(8) You gain confidence.
School and life do a good job of telling us what we aren’t good at. The great thing about poems is, there aren’t really any rules. That means you can’t mess up.
You write a poem and it’s right.
Think of the satisfaction you feel when you get a new recipe right on the first try. The feeling of accomplishment! The taste of victory (literally)! You can give yourself those same endorphins every time you write a poem.
Need a pick-me-up? Write a poem. Then pat yourself on the back.
(9) Your confidence will inspire others.
Sometimes all we need to make a jump is to see someone else do it first. By writing and sharing your poetry, you are bound to inspire at least one other person.
Someone will see your poem and make a decision to connect to themselves. Someone will see your poem and make a decision to create. To express.
With your poetry, you could inspire the next Maya Angelou or Nikki Giovanni. You could be responsible for birthing a new writer just by daring to be different.
(10) You’ll have fun
Poetry is the splatter painting of writing. There are no rules. You are free to play with language as you please and no teacher can give you red marks. So throw all the words on the page. You can’t be wrong. All poetry is beautiful.
Your poetry is beautiful.