A Dozen Reasons to Write Poetry | Rosemary Sauter Frett
A Dozen Reasons to Write: Poetry
Rosemary Sauter Frett
It helps us to lead a mentally healthy life. Whether we’re singing to
express our glee, exercising to work out our anger, or transforming
our emotions into creative energy, expressing ourselves is key.
And unlike prose, poetry
allows us to express
ourselves openly and
creatively in a much
Some don’t need convincing to
write a simple haiku or free verse
All we need is be inspired by nature and the world around
us or by God.
Other’s need a little push, or enlightenment, if you will, to
see the beauty of penning a poem every now and again.
You should be inspired to
Even if it’s only once a day, every few weeks, or even once
a year—here’s a dozen reasons to feel inspired to pick up
your pen and create a poetic masterpiece!
Poetry is boundless
Literary tools such as sound, rhythm,
rhyme, imagery, symbolism,
metaphors, similes, and others can
be used to express yourself or tell a
story, in turn making you more
comfortable using those tools in your
every day life.
By stimulating that creative part of
your brain, you’ll ﬁnd your daily
writings, such as emails and reports,
will have more creative ﬂair and
Introverts & other like-minded
individuals can ﬁnd it diﬃcult to
express themselves face-to-face.
Poetry can serve as an alternative
way to connect with others–to
tell someone you love them or
that you’re sorry–as well as a way
to ﬁnd a community of like
Poetry is a short-form story, and with consistent practice
of writing poetry, your prose becomes more informed,
clear, and concise.
Both reading and writing poetry allows us to tap into
our emotional sides, which will not only will it lead us to
become more in touch with our own emotions, but the
emotions of others.
Literary tools like alliteration and syntax sharpens the playful parts
of our brains, expanding our literary horizons
Challenge yourself to try new forms of poetry you’re not comfortable with – or better yet, push your writing
outside the boundaries. Bend the rules! Reshape words! You may ﬁnd by thinking about your writing in an
innovative way, you’ll be able to destroy any roadblocks in your way with the power of iambic pentameter.
Everything I told you about
breaking the rules just before?
Forget about that!
Most poetry has a speciﬁc structure
to it, and adhering to it requires a
certain level of discipline, especially
with something as creative as poetry.
Writing on a regular basis is
regarded as a discipline itself –
you’re keeping your mind active and
malleable, and using it to create
something original frequently.
Poetry can be a form of therapy. By
turning all those emotions that are
diﬃcult to surface & feelings that
go unspoken into a creatively
crafted sonnet or haiku, you’re able
to take your sadness, anger and
fears and turn them into something
beautiful and original.
You may not have read every Allen Ginsberg piece there is–you may not even know who he
is–but after becoming a writer yourself, you’ll be able to appreciate his unique style and skill
that went into amazing works like “Howl,”.
No matter if you feel it after your ﬁrst or ﬁfty-ﬁrst, you’ll ﬁnd that you write a poem that
you’re really proud of; a poem that you’re happy to share with your peers, a poem that
garners you a lot of positive attention.
For those of you who have been in a
relationship—romantic, familial, or
platonic—it can sometimes be hard to
express what it is exactly you’re
feeling. Maybe you’re experiencing an
all-encompassing feeling of love,
maybe you’re sorry and want to
express your regret, maybe you’re
proud and wish to share it with them.
Poetry can be a great tool in putting
feelings into words.
Writing, in its most basic form is
Writing poetry is easy.
Writing good poetry, on the other
hand, is very hard. Making the
attempt to write good poetry is a
meaningful way to remind ourselves
of our own imperfections and
reinforce our sense of humility.
“Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when
you’re perfect in every way…”
Poetic tools, like metaphors, imagery, alliteration, rhythm, and
rhyme, are excellent resources for communicating your feelings and
emotions that are hard to put into words. You’ll ﬁnd that by using
these tools frequently in your poetry, the skill set will translate over
to prose writing, making you a better communicator!
To learn more, visit Rosemary Sauter Frett’s poetry