Poetry is one of the earliest ways of doing art through words. You can read a number of poems even from ancient times. And no matter who wrote them, why they wrote them, and when it was written, poems still captures and piques the interest of many. You will always find something new to discover in a poem. Much like being on a dinner cruise in Amsterdam or an Amsterdam zoo, you have to really sort every detail of a poem so that you can fully comprehend what the writer wants to convey in his work.
What are the benefits that you gain from reading poems?
This is especially true if you are reading poems written in Modern English or Old English. You will find thousands of words that you do not know the meaning of. For someone who is developing a love for poems, reading a good number of them will really improve your vocabulary. Generations ago, when one is reading a poem or any kind of literature, a dictionary is present next to the book. This is because you do not want to miss any opportunity to understand the writer by not looking at the definition of the words that he used.
Do you know how to differentiate good poetry from masterpieces? Poems that are well-thought of and are written by great authors make you think. They are not one-dimensional. Your critical thinking is really being developed when you start reading poems. Deciphering and figuring out poems is one active work that readers do. Reading poems is like digging until you reach a gold mine. You do not just passively go through the pages. Instead, you study where an author’s ideas are coming from. You study his experiences and his era which made him write a particular poem.
If you are just developing a liking for reading, then poems are a great way to start. Poems are not that long and they can easily be read. Some poems are very direct to their meaning and purpose. By just reading a poem a day, you will develop the habit of reading literature.