Why do you read poetry? This question might seem a bit odd, doesn’t it? I mean, why am I even asking good poets like you such an insane question? People aren’t just called poets for nothing. If anyone ever called you a poet it is because you write poems, and writing poems go hand in hand with reading poems.
It’s pretty basic. We need to learn to read first before we can learn how to write. I mean, it only makes sense.
Poets aren’t forced to write poems. Poems are a part of them. Nobody can force anyone to write a poem. If you don’t have the passion for doing such a thing, then there is no way you are going to be able to write one. Writing poems goes hand in hand with logic and emotions. Those two things are hard to mix. It takes great skill to be able to write poems. It is not the kind of skill that you can learn by enrolling in an online course. Rather, it is the kind of skill that comes when you have the heart for it.
Yeah, sure, great literary institutions may be able to teach people a thing or two about poetry. They’ll teach them about its structure. In a matter of time, they’ll feel like they have the capacity to write poems. They’ll try to write one of their own, but at the end of the day, there is only one way to define a poem: it is a cataract of powerful feelings.
Not the word “feelings.” Without passion, a poem is not a poem. It’s just a series of words. One cannot just read poetry for the sake of it. We read poetry because we want to be like the person who wrote the poem. We have passion for it. We see it as food for the mind.
It improves vocabulary
We love poetry. It’s the air that we breathe, but do you know that one of the reasons you read poetry is because of your desire to improve your vocabulary?
Well, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure you already have a broad vocabulary as it is. You wouldn’t be the great writer and poet that you are if it weren’t for that. I mean, if you ever expect to write anything, you’ll have to be well-read. You must have a wide vocabulary.
But the thing is, poets are never satisfied with knowing how to create poetry. They want to get better. How? Why by improving one’s vocabulary. All writings are the same. They all include some kind of play on words.
It gives you new ideas
Poets are artists, and just like other types of artists, they also run out of ideas. They find the need to get out and look for inspiration. Sometimes, you need to get out in the sand. Take a few brisk walks on the beach just so you can get your old poet-self back.
With the rise of the internet age, it would seem like ideas just flow out of nowhere. Information has become free, and people love it. Well, that’s just easy to say for the other folks, but for us artists, we have to keep on creating unique ideas. It’s what we do.
Sometimes, even if you are able to travel the world, you still won’t get enough ideas. Sometimes, all it takes is reading a good poem, and then you’ll get back on track.
It shows the world in a different light
Our job as poets is to depict the world in a different perspective. Well, how would that even be possible if we don’t allow other poets to affect our views too?
We don’t make stuff up. We try to see the truth in situations. With that, our need to read poems arises. It’s not just about how we see the world. Rather, it is also about how other people see the world.
We need to read poems with all sorts of point of views in order to feed our minds. That way, we’ll be able to portray our role of giving other people a different way of looking at things.
Poetry makes you think
When non-poets read poetry, they often find it hard to understand. Well, that’s the great thing about it. If you want to distinguish good poetry from the bad, then this one would be a great test. I mean, a good poem is supposed to be something that will make you think.
But poetry isn’t just for ordinary folks. It’s for poets as well. In order to create great poems, you must have a wide array of thinking. With that, you need to energize your brain by reading poems. The more you read, the more your thinking thickens, and the more your brain thickens, the better your poems will be.
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Kelly E. Walsh lives in South Carolina. She is a graduate of BS in Computer Science but preferred pursuing her writing career instead. Mostly because she loves telling stories and sharing her knowledge through writing. She is currently writing for essaychip.com on a regular basis and do ghost writing for some companies as well. Learn more about Kelly here to say hi and read more works of hers.