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The reasons why we should write poetry:an acrostic poem for National Poetry Month
WIlliam Shakespeare Biography
This being National Poetry Month, It is time to pay great poets old and of the present time the respect that has been long overdue. In small and greater ways, the beauty of their poetry has brought much needed meaning to the lives of those who read, or have read, their work.
Much is to be said about the power of the poem and the benefits of writing it. Many turn to writing poetry for a reasons that indicate poetry’s obvious therapeutic benefits.
So what are these benefits and who are some poets who have made a difference in our lives?
The benefits of writing poetry
Poetry, indeed, brings writers and readers benefits for the mind and body One has to realize the power of the healing word, and healthy effects that it has on minds.
So what are these benefits that seem so elusive?
Poetry encompasses many topics.
Observe what is around you, and anything that catches your eye can be the subject of a poem. You can create a haiku based on a flower or even a pair of socks that you come across! A good example is this wonderful poem by Dana Teresa. Everything there is can be fodder for poetry.
The bounds are few for the poem.
It does not take many resources to write a poem.
All that it takes to write a poem is a paper and a pen. In the case of this digital day and age, it merely takes your keyboard.
A poem can be written anywhere.
With that paper and pen, you can write a poem straight away on the things that you observe and what strikes you. Modern technology like the IPAD makes the process even easier!
Poetry is a form of communication and self-expression.
What is difficult to say aloud can easily be put into words. Thoughts are better expressed when translated into the form we see on paper, on in the case of today, on the computer’s screen.
Subject matter that can be difficult to broach verbally can better be done via the pen, or the keyboard.
It enables a person to free his mind.
All of us can relate to the feeling have having many things on our minds that frustrate us. When we do not know what to do about these, there is a simple solution: turn to the poem!
The thoughts may be about the beauty of things that come to mind everyday, like Julie Hogg’s
lovely acrostic poem on the garden she sees out of her window.
Poetry helps people to connect.
Poetry is a way for people to say “Aha! I can relate to this situation,” or “Oh yes, I understand the feeling completely.” It helps people to relate to one another and to forge empathy with others who may be in similar situations or trying to understand it.
We know how a simple poem can teach us about bettering our perspectives of life.
Do read this excellent write on the subject by Rasma Raisters.
Poetry helps us to understand things with a more rounded perspective.
When we write poems, we often end up having to look at things from more rounded perspectives, and dig deeper. For example, we start off writing a poem about cats and the way they behave. In so doing, we end up covering their symbolism, and consider the emotional void in our lives that pets can fill. We have loads of room in verses to play around with perspectives.
We learn to look at things with a good sense of humor! Examples are great limericks from MHatter99.
Poetry makes good conversation.
Poetry can make good conversation topics. This is perhaps why we connect over coffee and readings at poetry slams. Because poetry can be about anything, we can, well, sustain a conversation about anything!
Poetry is calming.
Poetry is known for having benefits for one’s mental health, and there is growing interest in poetry as a balm for hurt minds.
Writing a poem in solitude gives one time to consider things from a calmer perspective and perhaps to address pending emotional issues. Writing a poem in solitude can be a healing wonder for the soul.
Because we can express on paper what can be difficult verbally or in thought, this externalization can help us to let go of any burdensome baggage and move towards a state of healing.
Some great poets to be remembered
Many poets could not have become great poets without having read poems from some of these masters. Here are a few short tributes to them.
Now how could there be an article about poetry without mentioning this man? Baptized in 1564, Shakepseare left us a lasting legacy of dramas and sonnets that enable him to be hailed as the greatest writer of the English Language who was. He was also the world’s pre eminent dramatist.
After marrying Anne Hathaway and having three children, Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith, Shakespeare left Stratford upon Avon to become a successful actor, poet and dramatist. He was also a businessman and part owner of a playing company known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men.
Other than being the playwright of Romeo and Juliet, he was also known for his bawdy sonnets. An example of this are the Procreation Sonnets, where a young man is encouraged to marry so that he can have children to immortalize his beauty.
John Donne (1572-1631)
A metaphysical poet, Donne was also a lawyer and cleric for the newly formed Church of England. His metaphysical poems include sonnets, love poems, religious poems, elegies, satires and his sermons.
We know a Donne poem when we read one. His style is characterized by paradox, abrupt openings and irony.
Perhaps his most memorable is from Meditations 17, For Whom the Bell Tolls. It speaks starkly of how we are all connected and greatly need one another.
John Keats (1795 to 1821)
A romantic poet who was a prominent figure at the time with others like Lord Byron and Percy Percy Bysshe Shelley, his work was only published four years before his death.
His work was not well-received in during his life, but his reputation grew after he passed on. By the end of the 19th Century, he had become one of the greatest poets of the romantic era,
Keats work was characterised by sensual, visual imagery, mostly in his series of Odes, like Ode to Autumn and Ode to a Grecian Urn. He struggled with money, and his poem, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, speaks about his struggles and trying to make it independently.
Ted Hughes (1930 - 1998)
An English Poet and a writer, Hughes was a British poet laureate till the time of his death. He was married to American poet Sylvia Plath from 1958 till she committed suicide at the age of 30. His role in their relationship was controversial to some feminist admirers of Plath. His work, Birthday Letters, explores their relationship.
Much of Hughes work was rooted in nature and the innocent savagery of animals. Through his work, he also explored the issue of the survival of the fittest, giving his poems a style that was empathic and powerful. His later works were more bardic, still with an ecological viewpoint.
Sylvia Plath (1932 to 1963)
The young Plath was credited with advancing the genre of Confessional Poetry, the poetry of the personal, and addressing subject matter that was taboo at the time. Together with other American poets like Robert Lowell, John Berryman and Anne Sexton, Plath, in her short life, helped to redefine American Poetry.
Best known are her collections, The Colossus and Other Poems, and Ariel. Her marriage to Ted Hughes and death were subjects of controversy.
A generation of modern poets
Other than Dana ,Rasma and MHatter 99 who have already mentioned above, we have in our midst a group of talented poets who bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the writing table. These are a few of them, and links to their work.
Laurinzo is passionate about writing, and this clearly shows in his poems on love. Some of his work is showcased here.
Other than being a doctor, Docmo is also a wonderful music lyricist and master of the poetic form. He has written several wonderful sestinas as well as music lyrics you can easily jive to. Do read some of his work here.
RIck writes wonderful poems on nature and love. A passionate poet, do visit his profile to experience some of his work.
Audrey’s beautiful use of imagery and ability to address a myriad of subjects with the poetic word is showcased in each of her poems. Do take the time to read this talented lady’s work.
Known as Eiddwen, Eddy writes beautiful, moving poems about nature that must be read early in the morning. Do take the time to share the wonder of nature with her.
Hubpages ever present ray of Sunshine writes great lists that motivate and educate. She is also a poet, and writes nature haiku as well as some on non traditional subjects-musicians like Keith Urban and Elvis Presley! Do visit her articles here.
She pens under the name of Mrs Browns Parlour, and she writes beautiful, thought provoking poems. Do read some of them here.
Deborah writes lovely, thought provoking love poetry. Do see some of her work here!
Jackie offers a list of poems to love and nature that must be read. Do read some of them here.
This brilliant poet writes wonderful verses with meaning to touch the heart. His poetry promises to be a thought provoking, wonderful reads. Do read some of his verses here.
Jo writes wonderful verses, both blank and in form. She also writes limericks that promise to make you jump with laughter! Do read some of her work here.
Whonunuwho brilliantly addresses the wonder of life in his poetry with poignance and finesse. Many of these wonderful verses can be found here.
Valleypoet's poems are wonderful takes on nature and the truth of life. Do read some of them here.
Dreamseeker writes wonderful, thought provoking poems on life and nature. Do read some of them here!
This list is by no means exhausted! Do celebrate National Poetry Month with these poets.
Amy makes empathic, powerful statements with each poem she writes. Her work promises to be thought provoking and wonderful. Do read it here.
Our musicologist and poet!
Susan writes wonderful poems and haiku and nature.
A poem for poets : an acrostic poem for national poetry month
No ties bind the boundless mind
All cosmos capture in fell swoop of line;
Tiny verses shape all thought,
Iconic words say what we ought;
Our soul bared in words we share,
No holds barred, with truth, we dare
Always with a ready word
Loving reflections, that must be heard.
Pieces of the world, are our minds
Orifice through which we shine
Eddies of power are our quotes,
Taken to heart, what we just wrote;
Relational is our poignant verse
Your bruised soul, it serves to nurse
May we always comfort with the pen,
Only heal with our poet's hands;
No doubt create with our verse
Tension, not, with words too terse;
Heal with words of wisdom.
May all of us who love writing poetry touch the hearts of others with our pen, and bring to them words of truth and healing. Happy National Poetry Month!
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