Poetry 5 reasons you should consider reading poems more often

Reading poetry gives you a better understanding of the world alongside some other benefits. Check them out.

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Chances are that being out of college or high school has made you a bit lazy with reading especially poetry because you probably consider it boring and irrelevant.

First, let's know what poetry is all about, that way we will see reasons to why we need to read more poems.

Poetry is one of mankind’s oldest form of art. As analysed by Aristotle, "Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; For poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular." Poetry has been part of every major art movement, and some say it captures emotion better than any other form.


Reading poetry gives you a better understanding of the world alongside some other benefits that we shall explore.

1. Poetry Improves Your Vocabulary

Poetry makes the reader acquainted with unfamiliar words. It improves your vocabulary and verbal dexterity. An additional benefit of this is that it improves your mental health because, in the process of reading, you memorise the poems more.

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2. Poetry shows you the world in a new light and develops empathy in readers

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A college student reading


One major aim of a poet when writing a piece is to give readers another perspective on some aspect of the world. Poetry unites readers and writers across time and cultural boundaries and triggers memories and emotions in its readers. Empathy is developed that way in the readers.

3. Poetry gives you new ideas

Poetry has a way of opening your mind to new ideas and insight by reading a poem written by someone with a different cultural background or by someone much older or way younger, helping you see things in a different perspective and giving you new ideas.

4. Poetry exposes you to creative writing

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Writing in a journal

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Not only does it gives you new ideas, insights and all, poetry makes you a better writer and improves your writing prowess in many ways than you can imagine. thanks to the exposures it brings.

5. Poetry improves critical thinking

Poetry stretches your mind and forces you to think when reading. Deciphering poetry takes more than just surface reading. So, readers of poetry are more likely to analyse information better than non-readers.

So, read more and get better!

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