The ability of poetry to entertain, heal, and educate is not a new discovery. Throughout time immemorial, humanity has researched both the therapeutic and educational value of literature and language.
Indeed, every culture in history has made use of poetry to share their culture and history from one generation to the next. In fact, it predates literacy as most ancient poetry would have been passed down via oral traditions.
Whether one knows it or not, poetry is a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. Songs we learned as children, as well as, tv programs and films influenced by ancient epics are two examples that immediately come to mind.
Some poems are written with strict guidelines (for example, cinquain, and sestina), while other types (such as free verse or spoken word) are written without any attempt to stay within a guideline or meter and rhyme scheme. The world of poetry is wonderfully diverse,
And insofar as poetry is diverse, so are its creators and readers. This distinctiveness creates a poetic sphere in which a poem has multiple meanings depending on the person writing or reading it. Ten people might read a poem and each may have similar but also completely different takeaways from the work.
While some writers and readers consider poetry a solitary endeavour, others enjoy the opportunity to discuss their understanding of poems. To be sure, there is value in both approaches. For some, it can be deeply personal and they find it difficult to share. For them, it’s a way of connecting to the world without feeling vulnerable. On the other hand, others may feel an intense need to share their poems and hear what people take from it. Putting themselves out there is part of the exhilaration.
All poetry, good and bad (both of which you will find here!) has value to someone, even if it’s only the poet who reads it.