Five reasons you should write poetry

To Deepen Your Understand of Language

Poetry forces you to search the language for the perfect word. Instead of saying how someone “slowly walks through the door,” you might instead say they “enter casually.” In poetry, you must choose each word carefully, as it has to fit with the rhythm and style of the whole piece.

Writing poetry requires you to express a thought of feeling almost melodically, making the words on the page invisible. The only way we develop this style and skill is to practice.

Try and fail and succeed and keep writing.

Write poetry because it will force you to deepen your understanding of language and how you use it.

It gives you a different perspective on life.

Everyone interprets poetry in a different way. I love to hear what other people think a poem means. I find that reading a poem I cannot relate to helps me see how others view the topic. Love, for example, is a very common theme in poems. Many people at my age have experienced some type of love, whether it is romantic or not. There are times when I am so narrow-minded on the subject and then I read a poem and it completely changes my mind.

Poetry Gives You New Ideas

Like any great writing, poetry can open up your mind to new ideas. You might read a poem from a completely different culture, or written by someone much older or much younger than you. A poem could give you insight into a problem you’re struggling with. Poems use symbolism and subtexts to sneak under the rational mind and help you access the power of the subconscious, which responds strongly to images and metaphor. 

To Write Better Prose

The greatest reason to write poetry is that it will make all of your writing better. I promise you.

Poetry gives you a deeper understanding of the language and it allows you to see your writing differently. Poetry enables you to express yourself and your ideas better.

Take Shakespeare for example.

Shakespeare began his career as an actor and a playwright. In the middle of his career, in 1593 & 1594, the theaters were closed due to the plague. During that time, Shakespeare began to publish poetry.

After these two years, Shakespeare went back to writing plays again, but something had changed.

Previously, Shakespeare had written mainly comedies and histories. After taking the time to write poetry, he wrote dramas and tragedies, like Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. These later works are considered some of the finest works in the English language.

Poetry Shows the World In a New Light

One of the tasks that a good poet is trying to accomplish is that they want you to see some aspect of the world in a new light. They can give you an unusual turn of phrase or image that focuses your attention on something in a completely new way. Commonplace objects and events take on a new meaning when tackled by poets. 

So give poetry a chance, it will enlighten your worldwide view I hope my five reasons for why you should write poetry inspires you to maybe write on your own piece, thank you for reading and as always have a good one guys 🙂

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