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15 Thoughts on, Why to Write Poetry

Chitrangada likes to express herself by writing fiction and poetry. Her writing reflects her mood and is inspired by the beauty of nature.

Why do you write poetry?

Why do you write poetry?

Why do you write poetry?

Quite often, I see writers engaged in discussions, sometimes even arguments, about this topic, on various writers platforms. It’s true that there is some amount of creativity in everyone. And, if you have so much to say to the world, you can do it in any form of writing, poetry being one of them.
Therefore, I decided to explore the idea behind writing poetry. The topic of discussions can be summed up as follows:

  • Why do you write poetry?
  • Do you earn anything by writing, just poetry?
  • What is the purpose or the benefits of writing poetry?
  • Is poetry writing a special talent?

Poetry has a long-long history

While I enjoy writing poems sometimes, I am not a regular poet. I don’t know about the fundamentals, rules, types and other details of Poetry, as a subject.
What I know about is, that Poetry has a long-long history, and this is true for every civilisation, around the World.
Needless to say, that what’s expressed in poems, are human feelings, to be read and interpreted, by the human beings.
This is the reason, that we find most of our scriptures written in poetic languages.
And not to forget, how easy and enjoyable it is, to teach the children, by the language of Rhymes and Rhythm.

Poetry appeals to the people, and sometimes it’s beyond rules

Poetry is much more than syllables and rhymes. Traditionally, poetry meant the kind of writing by William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Rabindranath Tagore, Kalidasa, Kabir Das and many-many more, World famous poets. There used to be a formula of syllables and the words that rhymed.
Not any more!!
It is now more as work of literature, with intensity of feelings and deep thoughts, and a form of self expression.
As with many other things in today’s society, it is accepted whole heartedly, if the composition has rhythm, intense, deep feelings, conveys a message, and is relatable to the reader.
Poetry nowadays can be anything, expressed beautifully. It is just the joy of self expression and that too, in few words.

Poetry is a form of art and creativity.

Poetry is a form of art and creativity.

15 Reasons To Explore About, Why To Write Poetry

  • Poetry is a form of art and creativity. A wonderful way to express your thoughts.
  • It inspires, educates, motivates, soothes, not only the one who writes poetry, but also the one who reads it.
  • Due to the technological advancement, and almost everyone having access to writing and reading and a lot of it, there has been a major increase in this form of writing.
  • It would not be wrong to say, that writing as a form of creative expression, and also as a career option has made a comeback.
  • Whether you share it or not, writing poetry, can lead to emotional healing.
  • Whether it’s the sense of loss, or moments of joy, a tribute or a memoir, it feels good to express it on paper.
  • Poetry writing improves cognitive ability. You learn new words, and arranging your thoughts, emotions and feelings in a poetic way, is all good for the brain.
  • We should not limit ourselves in our writing. To become better writers, we should try to come out of our comfort zones.
Poetry is the form of self expression.

Poetry is the form of self expression.

15 Thoughts, About Why To Write Poetry

  • While writing a poem, you have to search for that perfect word, instead of writing a full sentence. This improves your language skills.
  • You have to choose your words carefully, so that it fits in; has perfect rhyme and rhythm; enhances the style and beauty of expression. And remember, you have to do this in limited words.
  • Some people claim, that since poetry has no rules, it’s easy to write. No, it’s not!
  • In order to write good poetry, you must develop deep understanding of the language, in which you are writing. And how, when and where to use the words.
  • While it’s believed that in poetry, you are allowed to break rules, but that’s no excuse. To become good poets, rules must be known, taken seriously and followed.
  • The best reason to write poetry is because, it improves your writing.
  • You begin to see things in a different way.You develop a deeper understanding of the language, in which you are writing.You are able to express your ideas and yourself in a better way.


1. “Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.”—Plato.

2. “Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.”—Khalil Gibran.

3. “Always be a poet, even in prose.”—Charles Baudelaire.

4. “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. It takes it’s origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”—William Wordsworth.

Final Thoughts:

Poetry has the ability to influence people, in a small or big way. Good poem, with rhyme and rhythm can lead to high spirits. It can capture the imagination and attention of the readers.

I am sure all of us remember some of those beautiful lines, which we read in our childhood, in our poetry books.

For example:

”The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And, miles to go, before I sleep.,

And, miles to go before I sleep.”

— Robert Frost.

Why do we still remember those lines?
It’s because, it struck a chord, so deep in our minds, that even after so many years, we remember this verse.

Poetry is impactful, meaningful, and it influences beyond borders, continents, culture etc.

If the poetry is expressed with heart, it reaches the hearts.

If we carve out our innermost feelings, in a pleasing way, someone, somewhere will surely find it pleasing, and may be therapeutic too.

Sometimes to bring hope, sometimes for igniting faith, sometimes for healing, sometimes for social issues, sometimes for understanding and compassion, sometimes for truth— It’s important to write poetry. Try it, to believe it.
Poetry can certainly make a difference to our society and humanity.

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

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