Poetry is perhaps one of the most flexible forms of expression and literature. In existence for almost four thousand years, poetry has been used as a way to convey ideas, opinions, thoughts, and reflections on different subjects of different nature. Innerlight’s Eat and Drink My Words by Grace Crook is a book collection of poetry that reflects the author’s thoughts and feelings on verbal abuse and physical trauma. The book is excellent reading material for those who wish to find hope amidst life’s traumatic adversities. 

Poetry 101

Poetry is a literary composition known for its aesthetic and usually rhythmic quality in describing a thought, theory, or story. Best known for its lyrical arrangement, poetry can be structured or unstructured. An identifying feature of a poem is a verse structure known as a stanza. A stanza is a group of lines typically divided by an indentation or a blank line.

Some popular forms of poetry include rhymed poetry, free verse, Haiku, epic, sonnet, odes, elegies, limerick, ballad, narrative, etc. At one point in history, poetry has also been considered a language, formal communication in a particular society. For instance, the Shakespearean period, or the Elizabethan era, with arguably the most famous poet in history, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is well-known for his use of sonnets, 14-line poetry usually touching on the subject of love. During this time, stories, plays, letters, communique, or any piece of literary article were almost written in that rhythmic style that that period is known for. 

In another part of the world, another outstanding form of poetry literature is found within the Asian continent, specifically in Japan, the Haiku. Haiku poetry is known for its strict adherence to form. It is composed of three lines, with the first line having five syllables, the second line with seven syllables, and the third line with five syllables. Haiku poetry typically depicts nature as its core subject. 

Over the years, poetry as a structure became more flexible and flexible. Regardless of form or structure, one gauge that has developed over time that tells how effective poetry is how its readers can grasp the message and meaning behind the rhythmic arrangement of word arrangement. 

Benefits of Poetry Reading

Grace Crook’s Innerlight’s Eat and Drink My Words poetry book is a good example of the use and benefit of poetry as literature. The author used poetry to send out a message and inspire people who have or are going through the same traumatic and abusive experiences as she did. So aside from being a light and engaging book read, the book is almost educational in nature. There are lots of benefits to be had from reading poetry.

One of the benefits is that it helps improve communication skills and memory. Interestingly enough, the rhythmic way a poem is written is an excellent way to improve memorization skills. Aside from that, the sway of words helps the reader build up their confidence in speaking as they plow through the often word gymnastics poetry is known for. 

Of course, poetry also helps widens the reader’s cultural knowledge and word vocabulary. Poetry is also a literary period piece of literature, meaning the way the poem is written and the words used reflect the current period when the poets have composed them. So if students are reading Shakespeare sonnets, they are also learning about the Elizabethan era, and they get to know the words used back then. 

For those short of verbal words who find it hard to express their feelings and ideas in the spoken language, poetry is a great and creative alternative way to communicate. Or even those who are overwhelmed and would love to express their feelings in the best and most passionate way that they can, then poetry is the best literature of choice.

Poetry is also very beneficial for people who have mental health problems. By reading or even writing poems, the literature becomes an outlet to relieve a bit of mental stress. It’s also a source material that touches on a subject that significantly reflects and empathizes with what the reader is currently going through in life.  

If someone wants to improve or enhance their creative literary skills, writing poems is a good practice for them. From the challenge of coming up with the word arrangement, structure, and rhythm, poetry is a skill sharpener for poets and writers alike.

Some also say that poetry is a good mood booster. If a person is up for a romantic and emotional rollercoaster ride, poetry is a good literary choice to them through that experience. If someone is wants to calm down and relax, poems can do that for them.

Poetry is more than just a form of literature. The rhythmic and imaginative arrangement served as a jewel for those searching for a literary adventure or for those who need motivational compositions to help them go through life. The poetry’s agility and flexibility make it a favorite go-to literature masterpiece. In the end, poetry is for anyone and everyone, just as hope and inspiration are for anyone and everyone who are in need of them.

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