How Reading Poetry can help you find your muse
"BY POETRY WE MEAN THE ART OF EMPLOYING WORDS IN SUCH A MANNER AS TO PRODUCE AN ILLUSION ON THE IMAGINATION; THE ART OF DOING BY MEANS OF WORDS, WHAT THE PAINTER DOES BY MEANS OF COLORS."
Poetry takes those things that are hard to put into mere words and writing and allows them to become real and visceral. By following a poet’s path, you might be able to find your own route to new creative thoughts and ideas.
Think about words and writing…
Both extremely important human inventions, helping us name things and also to keep track of the things we name. Words and writing allow us to communicate with one another through time and distance, to share our histories and stories, to lay down our laws and codes. They are what help us move onward and forward as a species.
Yet, sometimes, words and writing are just not adequate enough for some of the thoughts and feelings that we humans wish to share with each other. Sometime the mere naming of names or the listing of things cannot quite make visceral the things that weigh heavy upon our soul or make us feel light as feathers.
For such things, we need poetry.
Poetry is the taking of words and using them to describe things that are hard to put into words. That is what makes it so special. Poetry takes our words and our writings and bends them and even breaks them to fit the abstract forms that inhabit our psyche. Myths, monsters, gods, taboos, fears, passions: all of these are better channeled through the poetry: arguably the most evolved forms of writing for art.
If you are looking for a path to your creative muse, one of the best ways to find it is to follow the path already paved by a poet. Look online or go to a bookstore and see if you can find a few poems that can help open up the doors of creative perception and let your muse enter in. When you read a poem, be sure to reread it until you find yourself understanding what the poet is saying (most poems reveal themselves slowly like the creeping dawn), then watch as it blows open a new hole in your mind allowing new ideas to come pouring in.