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poetry for well-being

and personal growth

Poetry facilitation, geared towards well-being and personal growth, involves receptive and expressive interactions with poetry and other literature. This means reading existing poetry and discussing the emotional reactions that arise in response, and writing poems to express ourselves. Poetic devices, such as metaphor and imagery, help to explore what we hold in our subconscious minds.

Sometimes it is difficult to simply talk about feelings. Poetry can help to identify and reframe the meaning assigned to personal life events, including the many forms of heartbreak: relationship endings, grief and loss, broken dreams, trauma or illness, and major life transitions. Poetry can unravel the beliefs we hold subconsciously, and when we honor and give form to what arises, we can transform the way we think and feel.

Brain science suggests something special happens in the brain in response to poetry that has the potential to contribute to psychological well-being.

​Poetry can:

  • Express emotions that are otherwise difficult to talk about

  • Increase self-reflection, self-awareness, and self-understanding in current life situations

  • Support new perspectives on personal realities and specific issues

  • Validate emotional experiences when sharing them with others.

 

Further reading

Poetry on the Mind and in the Brain (April 1, 2019)

Why Poetry is One of the Most Powerful Forms of Therapy

(April 7, 2018)

© 2023 by Terhi K. Cherry