Something that has really helped me during these times of global uncertainty and anxiety is poetry.
I’ve never really been one to study, read or write it before.
I didn’t enjoy it at school, especially when we were told to “analyse and compare” poems for GCSE English. It was a chore. I wasn’t interested in it because I didn’t understand it and I didn’t try to. It was just a subject where I had to show up to class and pass.
But now I’m older, and (I hope) a little less arrogant, I’m open to returning to things I discarded at school – there’s always more to learn.
Poetry is an art form. It can move the soul. It makes me stop and think. I like that it can be open to interpretations. I like to reflect on it. A friend of mine told me to read it aloud more often to appreciate how it sounds.
I’m not claiming to be an expert. I don’t know much about poetry or how to write it well.
But it’s simply something that has helped me process the thoughts and feelings I’ve struggled to express in recent months.
Have you ever tried writing poetry? Have you ever read poetry? If so, who are your favourite poets?
P.S. Please send me some recommendations to: firstname.lastname@example.org