5 Reasons Why You Should Care About Poetry

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What’s the big deal with poetry? What’s so incredible, awesome, or powerful about learning poetry? Robin Williams, playing the role of John Keatings in the cult classic Dead Poets Society stated poetry’s purpose perfectly:  “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”


Here are our top five reasons to keep poetry alive:

Find the rhythm, find the sound.

Ever find yourself walking down the street, a bounce in your step and a jiggle in your beat? Most likely, there’s music playing somewhere near by. Your body can feel the sensations and sense the rhythm, picking up the sounds from yards away. You may not hear all the words, but you’ll feel the rhythm, and maybe even make up your own style and words. You’ve just created poetry. Poetry, like music, activates your senses, feeds your heart and soul; it moves you, just like music.

Feed Your Mind!

Poetry paints a rich picture of life, a story that is juicy to the core. No matter your age or association with poetry, creating poetry in anyway is an art form. The thought and skill you put into the poetry that you create will always reflect who you are, and give you space to feed your mind in ways you never thought possible.

Connect With Others

Poetry offers a means of communication and connection that is rarely offered in other art forms. The gift of poetry is one that always gives back. Learning poetry opens door to connect with others; it builds a bridge over gaps of culture, race, and language.

Get Creative!

Poetry is an art form. Give your brain the paint brush, and take off on a wild adventure through the art of creating a language that is yours. Get creative! Bring it to life in the way that you know how to. After all, no two poems are ever the same.

Contribute Your Verse

Poetry can be created by all.  Short, long, simple, complex – there is no end to how to write a poem.  Look for the voice in poetry that you’re drawn to, and bring it to life in your own way. What you create will most certainly inspire your inner poet, and others.

Whatever your field, whoever you are, and whenever you are, bring poetry into your life. Let it feed your soul, and bring passion forth in your life. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

Interested in igniting a passion for poetry? Join OpenLearning’s Great Poem Series

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