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What are the benefits of reading and writing poetry? Why is it still relevant in today’s society?

From Quora

If you are a writer, immersing yourself in the works of other writers can deepen your understanding of the art of crafting vivid imagery and evoking powerful emotions through words.

We, as writers, experience the writer’s block more than often. When I do feel my imagination running dry, as it is difficult to come up with new ideas, the best medicine is to stop writing and start reading. I read everything I could find in my library. Anyhow, I have a lot of books on my must-read list. And I believe in Taleb’s antilibrary.

“Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.” – The Black Swan, Nassim Taleb

After a few days, my writing voice is back. The most inspirational writers for me are: John Fowles, Somerset Maugham, Jack London.

Notwithstanding, the most useful information comes from books.
Writing poetry is, in my opinion, the most important gymnastic of the mind.
I usually write poetry about natural landscapes that speak to me in verses and about paintings.

I wrote this inspired by a Vincent van Gogh’s painting.

He is fairer than Spring,
Wiser than my unread library,
Tenderer than a feather
in the newly-stirred autumn wind.

The breathtaking lilac copses in my neighborhood served as inspiration for A Day as the Lilac Hunter. They are more like bushes, but, in my imagination, they have the potent carnal scent of the Forest of Lilacs.

Photo by the author.