William Wordsworth, a famous English poet from the Romantic era, defined poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” Is it any wonder that people have turned to poetry to help them process their emotions?
Writing your thoughts can be a great catharsis to stress. Poets through the ages have fueled their emotions into creative efforts.
Writer’s Digest lists 8 benefits of writing poetry:
- Poetry is good for developmental learning
- Poetry is good for developing skills
- Poetry helps improve ideas
- Poetry is therapeutic for the writer
- Poetry is therapeutic for the reader
- Poetry helps you understand the significance of words themselves
- Poetry helps you understand people
- Poetry helps you understand yourself
If you are experiencing tumultuous emotions due to your life changes in this pandemic, think about writing out your thoughts in a poem. Or read a poem. Want some encouraging words? Try Tyler Knott Gregson or Maya Angelous. Want to read some funny poems? Check out Billy Collins. You can read poetry for free on poetryfoundation.org and poemhunter.com.
Image: “Find my hand” by Tyler Knott Gregson, tylerknott.com
Barkley, KM. “8 Reasons Why Poetry is Good for the Soul.” Writer’s Digest, 16 June 2016. https://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/8-reasons-why-poetry-is-good-for-the-soul