So don't be afraid, You are Worth More than Many Sparrows


Ever since I was a youngster right up until now, writing poetry has always been a means for me to escape from the pressures of reality, to sit down and search deep within myself, reflecting on all my emotions I would like to express and this very poet is hidden deep within all of us. Any emotion we may feel or an experience we’ve encountered, that if written down, becomes poetry. Poetry has been used since the dawn of time and for me it’s always been a way to encapsulate the true essence of my tears behind my words, the pain hidden behind my smile or the light I see in darkness and when I write, it should resonate with my reader. That’s what poetry is all about, connecting to your audience and allowing them to feel and to relate to what you are writing about.

Research has found that Writing and Poetry Therapy also brings healing and many therapist, psychologist and doctors will agree with this statement. Dr James W. Pennebaker, one of the most widely published researchers on the benefits of writing, says in his book, Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions, that writing about emotional topics improves the immune system by reducing “stress, anxiety and depression, improves grades and aids people in securing new jobs.” (Pennebaker, 40). His research focuses on the relationship between natural language use, health, and social behaviour, most recently "how everyday language reflects basic social and personality processes." Therefore we can determine for ourselves how important reading and writing really is and what a huge influence it has on our social development skills.

With our stressful and pressurized society we are living in, young children and especially teenagers, can benefit tremendously with extramural classes in Literature and Poetry. Students will be taught how to respect the views and emotions of their fellow students by addressing what a poem means to them emotionally and not what it means intellectually, which enables them to think diffidently, perhaps applying newly formed concepts to existing behaviours and attitudes. Reading and writing poetry can exercise that capacity, improving one’s ability to better conceptualize the world and communicate it — through presentations or writing — to others.

Poetry can also help one develop a more acute sense of empathy, it gives us a better “understanding” — of the world, the self, and others. Many poets focus intensely on understanding the people around them. The intense empathy developed by so many poets is a skill essential to those who occupy executive suites and regularly need to understand the feelings and motivations of board members, colleagues, customers, suppliers, community members, and employees.

Reading and writing poetry also develops creativity and these creative capabilities will be beneficial for students who one day wish to embark on becoming executives keeping their organizations entrepreneurial, drawing imaginative solutions and navigating disruptive environments.

Finally, poetry can teach us to infuse life with beauty and meaning in a world that might seem bleak and hopeless. Poetry births life into such situations. Students and even adults can all do with the benefits that reading and writing poetry has to offer.