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A poetic remedy

05 November 2018 | Opinion

Adolf Kaure [email protected]

It is pleasing to see that there are more platforms for poetry emerging at the coast.

I am a big poetry fan and that is no secret, so having witnessed the latest poetry open mic at the Platz am Meer mall was a blessing.

Having spoken to the organisers prior to the event they assured me that they intend to make the poetry nights either a monthly feature on the events calendar in Swakopmund or at least once every two months.

Poetry is were I learned about my love for writing and it sure does have many benefits for both the young and the old.

It is a way in which you can channel all your feelings, thoughts as well as sub-conscious attitudes which you sometimes find difficult to express. The form of literature is a fun way of learning a language and no matter which language it is, this informal way of writing still enables the writer to learn several grammatical and vocabulary rules of a specific language.

Another added positive of poetry is that because the rules of the literature form are not so rigid, it allows the writer to a have a sense of freedom which allows him to have poetic freedom. This means that the writer is not confined to always follow the general rules of the language and allows him or her to be more creative, making the writing process even more fun. That to me is what art is all about.

A few of the benefits of reciting poetry on a stage is that it allows the writer to improve his or her confidence and self-image. It also creates an opportunity for the poet to inspire and educate his audience as they often relate to several topics which are written on. This kind of exercise provides an opportunity for the writer to improving public speaking skills as well as social skills.

Overall it is just good for the soul because it allows you to blow off some steam and express yourself more. It is more like a smart thought of self-therapy.

With so many benefits, it clear to see that poetry has an overall aid in peoples’ mental health and this can only help society even more.

With so many platforms presenting themselves in Swakopmund it is indeed a wonderful opportunity for people to come and showcase their talent and to reap from the various benefits which poetry provides.

I would definitely recommend this type of art to youngsters. I would also urge primary schools to have a poetry session now and then in the language classes to allow the learners to make use of this skill.

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