Poetry Can Help Us Overcome Hard Times

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Poetry Can Help Us Overcome Hard Times

Poetry is an essential part of emotional development, especially when one is suffering from hard times. Of course, not every human being in this world loves to read poetry or even read poetry — but, why not? Everyone has their process or substances to get over a difficult time. If you are someone who doesn’t know how to deal with a hard time, your vulnerability or emotional balance can be cured by poetry. Yes, it is possible. I mean, the time when Russia invaded Ukraine, Ukrainian-American writer Ilya Kaminsky went viral for writing “We Lived Happily During the War”. The title itself is heart-breaking but it has an optimistic essence to it. In this article, we are going to read about how poetry can help us overcome hard times.

Do you remember the first poem you read? If you are a reader like me, I bet you don’t. You can certainly recall the last poem that touched you but not the first one. That is the magic of poetry, they are just there. A bunch of words, that makes no sense to some and a lot of sense to several. Some of us often tend to question which is tough, writing a novel or writing poetry. I would say poetry. It is just a few words or sentences that are capable of describing an entire emotional aspect of someone, whom the readers don’t know but somehow manage to relate to.

After going through several losses of her loved ones, Emily Dickinson fell into a deep stage of depression, when she isolated herself in her home and wrote about 2,000 poems — the poems primarily concerned death and grief. One of her most prominent ones is “It Feels A Shame To Be Alive”, which she wrote during the Civil War. This similar emotion is what she carried through her later life because poetry was her life and it was perhaps the only thing that comforted her.

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