” A poet’s work is to name the unnameable; to point at frauds; to take sides; start arguments; shape the world; and stop it from going to sleep.” – SALMAN RUSHDIE.
Writing poetry, to some, is a hobby. Many others might consider writing poetry not only fun but also a kind of “mental exercise”.
Actually, writing poetry is more than just a hobby or fun. It is a way that we come to terms with the vicissitude of life and understanding its intricacies.
To say the least, nothing feels better than finding the right sequence of words to describe our feelings and experiences, whether you write for just yourself or for an audience.
In as much as we all have our own divergent reasons why we write poetry, it would be pertinent to consider a few of the most compelling reasons for writing poetry. These reasons among others are: self-expression, letting your feelings out, sharing your experience(s), keeping hope alive, and for therapy.
Writing poetry enables you to express yourself. You can turn what you are passionate about into poetry. Almost everyone has something important to say. Poetry can give you a way to communicate your message and even share it with others.
Apart from these, poetry writing can help you let out your feelings. If you are having trouble organizing your thoughts, writing them down in the form of poetry can be a good way to discover how you are feeling and form a plan for the future. For example, if you have gone through a kidnap, break-up or divorce, or death of husband/wife or loved ones, etc, you are probably feeling all sorts of emotions at once – betrayal, sadness, anger, heartbreak, revenge, bitterness, etc. If you take the time to sit down and write a poem, you will be able to reflect and sort out your emotions.
Again, writing poetry enables you to share your experiences. We all go through different and unique experiences in our lives. Chances are, you have been through something that someone else will never go through or experience. Help others to understand your own unique perspective on life through your own unique poetry and share what makes you so special.
Furthermore, it keeps hope alive. While some cultures have room for skepticism or nihilism, in other territories, poetry is a living hope. It is a vision and a voice to the voiceless.
Poetry also serves as a therapy. Instead of keeping your emotions about a bad day or date bottled up inside, let your frustration, anger, bitterness and sadness out on paper. In some cases, taking the time to write a poem can help to ground you and provide you with a therapy.
So, when next you are faced with life challenges, consider writing poetry because you will never regret it.