Love them poems, do you?
Here is your clue!
If only you knew
It needs no corner view
Nor a brew
Pen and paper would do
To find the true you!
There you see, a few words, a bit of rhyming, and some fun weaving. That’s all it takes to create poetry. There’s hardly anyone who doesn’t enjoy poetry. Especially in India, we have access to literature in so many different languages. Our ‘shaayars’ have entertained us through filmi songs across generations. Sher aur shayari is part of many of our get-togethers. Whether Shakespearean poetry, or Kabhie Kabhie mere dil mein, we Indians enjoy our poetry.
Have you ever wondered about being a poet yourself? Did you know that writing poetry has a deep impact on our souls? It has a therapeutic effect on us and brings about some positive changes. Today, we tell you why you should let go of all your inhibitions and try a hand at writing poetry.
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It is therapeutic
Writing poetry can be therapeutic in expressing our feelings. Whether happy, sad, angry, frustrated, or ecstatic, poetry is an outlet to get it all out. Be old school, and use pen and paper if that makes you comfortable. Or use digital screens to vent your feelings! It doesn’t matter. What matters is to start. Start with just putting down feelings, make it short, and try and bring in some rhyming words or a flow as you go. If it makes sense to you, that’s all that matters.
It will work like a therapy session. It helps us analyse our feelings, heal our emotional scars, and feel better. If it’s a happy feeling, it helps us celebrate and immortalise it. A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness, said the famous American poet, Robert Frost, whose words ‘Woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep’ creates a deep connect across generations even today.
Improves your language skills
There are no limitations of language in writing a poem. You could choose to express yourself in any language you are comfortable with. However, as you start writing, you will realise that your language skills are improving. You will learn about rhyme and rhythm, find new words, understand metaphors, alliterations, and more. It vastly enhances your vocabulary and understanding of life and literature, as you will begin to see new meanings in the writings of others.
Keeps you mentally healthy
Writing poetry is like learning a new skill. You will search for new words and find better words to express yourself. Your critical thinking will improve as you analyse what you have written or read. In short, your mind will be active with thoughts spurring you on a creative journey. Thus, it helps improve your cognitive functions to keep you in a mentally healthy condition.
They say when you understand yourself better, you also learn to understand others better. When you express your deepest desires through poetry without any inhibitions, it brings out your hidden personality aspects. It helps you better understand yourself. Writing poetry can be insightful and constructive self-reflection. It may be better than hours pondering aimlessly without any output. In many ways, poetry can be your meditation.
Creates a world connect
Writing poetry can help improve your understanding of others’ views about things that happen in society. You develop various perspectives and become more empathetic, tolerant, and inclusive. This aspect strengthens your relationships. You easily connect with more people and in a better way. Also, if you share your poetry with like-minded people, it creates a network of people who speak and understand the same language.
How to go about it?
Start small and write whatever you feel. You could also choose to go systematically. Try with fewer words and fewer lines to create short poems. Try writing about anything that takes your fancy. An innovative way is to write birthday and anniversary wishes for your family members as poems. You could present it in your voice at gatherings. The present time is the right time to start, as many publishing houses are encouraging people to write and publish. Some do it for free, whereas few take minimal charges to publish your poetry. People across ages are getting their poems published in anthologies available for sale on Amazon. If you are good at it and keen, you could join these people and have a collectible.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary, said the famous Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer, and poet whose work inspires millions even today. So, go ahead and pour your heart out and inspire others to do so.