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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.

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

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 25, 2021:

Thank you Chrish, for reading and commenting. I am glad that you found it relatable.

You also take care. Have a wonderful day. Appreciate you for taking the time to read and appreciate.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on March 25, 2021:

I was in an argument about this before. Thank you for giving it justice Ms Sharan!

Hugs and kisses

Always always take care

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 25, 2021:

Thank you Mary, for appreciating the article. I am glad that you agree with the thoughts expressed in this.

At times, we want to express our deep thoughts, creatively. Poetry is an emotion, which has found words.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment.

Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 23, 2021:

Thank you so much Mary, for sharing your thoughts.

At times, we want to express our deep feelings and thoughts. Poetry is an emotion, which has found words.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you and good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 23, 2021:

Well said, Devika. You obviously know, the reasons for writing or reading poetry.

Many thanks for reading and commenting on this article.

Have a wonderful day!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2021:

Sometimes, I write poetry when I want to give expression to something deep within me. I do read poetry often as I enjoy it so much, rereading my favourite lines.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 22, 2021:

Poetry calms the souls and impresses those who write it. Words from the heart and deep in our souls to make us feel what we find hard to express in person. To impress others with kind words and to have to recite these words. Such ways you mentioned are true and with great meaning.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 22, 2021:

Thank you Linda, for appreciating the article. I am glad that you liked it.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you and have a great week.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 21, 2021:

This is an interesting article. You’ve shared some lovely and important facts about writing poetry, Chitrangada.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 21, 2021:

Thank you MG Singh Ji, for reading.

Appreciate your kind words and support. Thank you and good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 21, 2021:

Thank you Sp Greaney, for your kind words of appreciation.

You are right, that writing poetry is a skill, not everyone has.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Many thanks for reading and commenting.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 20, 2021:

Chitra, this is a nice article and well presented.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on March 20, 2021:

I have great respect for people who have the skills to write poetry. This is a nice article with good ideas that will encourage people to try writing their poetry.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you Tuli, for reading and appreciating the article. I liked the quote also.

Appreciate you for taking the time to visit and comment. Thank you so much.

Tuli Banerjee from Kolkata on March 19, 2021:

Excellent article Chitrangadaji.. Love it so much.. "poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance"- Carl Sandburg... I love Vanita's comment also.... Thank you so much for this great article...

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you Manatita, for your valuable comments.

You have explained the significance of writing Poetry, in a beautiful way. Poetry is, in fact the voice or light of the soul. Your poetry is a true example of this, which inspires, enlightens, and reaffirms the faith and hope. In short, it’s a wonderful spiritual experience.

I am honoured and humbled to read your appreciation of the article. It means a lot, coming from a poet of your stature.

Thank you for sharing your insightful and valuable comments. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you Vanita, for your wonderful and insightful comments.

Your thoughts have added more value to this article, and more reasons to support poetry, as a form of writing. Even intellectuals have emotions, and they should be expressed also. If not for sharing, but for their own personal healing.

Thank you for sharing the information about the World Poetry Day.

Yes, I have noticed that Misbah has addressed me as Chitra di. Anything with affection is welcome. However, my name is Chitrangada. Being a well read person, you obviously know the significance of my name.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read, and share your thoughts on this topic. Always a pleasure to read your insightful comments.

Wish you a happy weekend. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you Misbah, for appreciating the article, and the thoughts expressed therein. I am glad that you liked it. Yes, I like reading the poems by my fellow writers, including you. Keep up the good work.

Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you Brenda, for your wonderful comments. You are a brilliant poet, and I always admire your ability to compose poems, on varied topics.

You have added more value to the article, by your insightful comments. I agree with you that poetry connects the souls, across borders, and also heals. It means a lot, coming from you.

Many thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you Bill, for your encouraging words in support of my thoughts.

You are a wonderful writer and you can write and express in any form of writing.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for your support.

Happy weekend to you, as well.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you Liz, for sharing your thoughts on this article. I am glad that you agree with the thoughts, mentioned in the article.

Appreciate your time and constant support. Thank you so much.

manatita44 from london on March 19, 2021:

A brilliant write, Ji.

Many salient points covering a broad range of feelings and emotions. As it should be! Excellent work!

I have written some 50 poems on the impact of words and poerty and they are all deliberately different. The kindergarten musician is as correct as the maestro, for they are at different stages of development.

Now tp the mystic, there is no 'mind' and poetry is the voice or Light of the soul, expressind itself in myriad forms, according to its level of awareness or Consciousness.

Both the relative and non- relative are worthy, for each expresses God's Light, according to its own perception.

Guru ji teaches, for example, that for the Seer, there's no mind. Rather, they use the psyche Heart - not human emotions - but the Light that comes from inner experoences. Hope this makes sense.

Finally, the last few lines from my definition, offers the freedom for almost everything, as each soul is different and will respond to its own experiences. Hari om!

Vanita Thakkar on March 19, 2021:

Chitra Di, you have written this article at a very relevant time. 21st March is World Poetry Day.

There are some other important facts about this day - it is equinox - one of those two days in a year when day and night have equal duration of 12 hours each ....

Vanita Thakkar on March 19, 2021:

Chitra Di, this is a great article. It is truly heartening to read and know about so many good reasons in favour of writing poems. As poets / artists, we sometimes face such queries / questions from intelligent, logical people who find arts and artists too much out of the world .... You have compiled several very relevant points.

I too don’t have any formal qualifications relevant to literature, though I write poems .... writing poems has more to do with intensity of thoughts, emotions / feelings .... Also, poetry has music in it, which has been the life force for me ....

I agree with all the points you have listed on benefits of writing poems. Poetry connects intellect to emotions and clears off gloominess of heart and mind .... Research has shown that Music is the original language of mankind (I have elaborated this in one of my research papers on Music and have spoken about this is my lectures and talks on Music ....) Poetry is closer to Music than spoken language. That is the reason why rhymes and songs are closer to human heart and memories than mundane human utterances ....

(I thought of adopting Misbah’s way of addressing you as Chitra Di. Sounds good. I hope you won’t mind it :) :) )

Misbah from The Planet Earth on March 19, 2021:

Very well written Chitra Di

These are so valid reasons to do poetry, I appreciate your support and love towards poetry, poets and the readers

This is reason is so cute

It inspires, educates, motivates, soothes, not only the one who writes poetry, but also the one who reads it.

Thanks for sharing

Blessings

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Chitrangada,

I enjoyed reading your article & you made some very valid points.

I hope more people will try their hand at writing poetry.

I think you are right that we should all step out of our comfort zone once in awhile...so I should try short stories more often.

My poetry hardly ever rhymes, but I pull feelings out of each situation I write about.

Poetry does seem to be making a comeback.

I think poetry is a passion. It connects our souls together across the universe. Not to mention it helps heal & put everything into prespective.

Sometimes it's just a way to enjoy life, have a moment of laughter. To see things through a different set of eyes.

I'm delighted you do write poetry from time to time.

Great work on this article.

Have a great day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you so much Peggy, for reading and appreciating the thoughts about writing poetry.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Much appreciated.

Thank you and wish you a happy weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you so much Pamela, for appreciating the article. I am glad that you liked it.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you for your encouraging words and support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you Rosina, for reading and appreciating the article.

You are a wonderful writer, and I believe, if you can create a good engaging story, you can even try poetry.

Always a pleasure to read your positive comments. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you MG Singh Ji, for taking the time to read and comment. Your suggestion is noted.

Have a good day. Thank you so much for your support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you MsDora, for reading and appreciating the article. You are right that, not everyone is a skilled poet. But, if they try to express, to send a valuable message, it’s worth appreciation.

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts. And a wonderful day to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you John, for appreciating the article.

I know that you can relate to the views expressed in the article. You are a poet at heart, and it shows in your beautifully crafted poems. I admire your ability to write interesting rhymes, which is a unique talent, with lot of thinking and effort involved.

I am glad that you liked the article. It means a lot.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a great weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

Thank you for your wonderful comments, Raviji.

If we start thinking about the money part first, the whole purpose of writing is lost.

I agree with you that in order to understand the soul of any language, it’s important to read poetry. I don’t find anyone, who is not impressed by beautifully crafted poetry, be it any language.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this topic.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 19, 2021:

Wonderful arguments for writing poetry. Me, I think I will just enjoy the poetry my friends on HP write. It's the best I can do.

Happy Weekend, my friend!

Liz Westwood from UK on March 19, 2021:

You make a compelling case for poetry. This is a well thought out and persuasive article.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2021:

You have written some good points about why people should try and write some poetry. Robert Frost was one of my favorite poets, so you picked the perfect example for a quote.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

This is an excellent article about poetry, Chitrangada. I enjoyed learning more about poetry and its history. Thank for providing this information.

Rosina S Khan on March 19, 2021:

Although I never write poetry, I see the reasons why one should through your article. The advantages are clearly many. Thanks for sharing, Chitrangada.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 19, 2021:

Well written. I wonder if you have thought of publishing your poems in book form

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 19, 2021:

Chitrangada, I agree that poetry is an art. Some are more skilled at it than others, but I admire every honest effort to engage in it. You gave us some deep thoughts to consider.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 19, 2021:

What a wonderful article, Chitrangada. You covered the reasons for writing poetry very well. I do feel it is making a comeback after a time of being not really treated as a legitimate form of writing. Some people think rhyming poetry childish because it is often aimed at children but that isn’t the case. Most people who say that are not capable of writing in rhyme. As you say, rhyme makes things easy to remember.

From someone who loves writing and reading poetry..thank you for writing this.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on March 19, 2021:

Thanks, chitrangada. Many people say poetry is not paying, not worth investing in, and so on. But what people don't realize is that if one wants to understand the soul of any language, read the poetry. Whether it is Mirza Ghalib or Keats, any language is at its golden best in its poetic form.

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