Poetry is an unsung breath that awaits to flow freely from the mind; however, it is bound by indecision and insecurities us humans are latent with. We, as a society, need to read more poetry, and here are a few reasons why.
1. Poetry enhances critical thinking.
Thinking critically is definitely important, probably more important than any paycheck you will ever receive. Critical thinking is something we lack in society — it might help you even in situations that seem to yield no answers, just saying.
2. It gives you the opportunity to look beyond what you see.
This is something we could all work on: assessing and being patient and breathing in information. Poetry is not always easily understood; it could allude to different times in history, stories, anything really. It helps one to pay attention, and become consciously aware of what we are reading. This tempts critical thinking — when we become interested in something the usual thing to do is question why we feel the way we do.
3. It is absolutely beautiful, sometimes.
Okay, some poetry is just downright f-ing awful, I know — I’ve read/written terrible poetry in my short life thus far; However, being able to describe something laconically, having the opportunity and ability to articulate and create reactive thoughts towards something so unique, is quite profound. Poetry is profound. Poetry is raw feeling (sometimes), and it should be appreciated, and definitely read more.
If it was up to me, poetry would have a spot in the general education for all college students.
Remember, not all poetry needs to be the most serious topic, it can be lighthearted and fun! I highly recommend Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot, seriously, check it out.
I hope you feel inspired and are pursuing poetry. Much love.