Psychology and Poetry in the Same Bed
There's many things behind poetry that is still a mystery today. Why does it make us feel a certain way when certain words are placed together? Is it that it's relatable? Nostalgic? Reassuring? I know many people that don't enjoy poetry and many that do. Why is that? Are those that dislike it close-minded? Does it show they haven't been through what the poem is implying, therefore they can't relate. So many questions and so little answers.
Psychology and Poetry have a quite a relationsip. Many Poets have favorite psychologists and many psychologists have favorite poets. There was a book written by Romanyshyn known as "the failed poet." who stated,"he or she stands at the gap between the conscious and unconcious, and bears the tension between knowing and not knowing." He then says,"that the psychologist who keeps the soul in mind is closer in sensibility to the poet, even if he or she is not a poet.." Romanyshyn is essentially saying that poetry is the art of the soul. Psychology and Poetry are the same if you think about it. Both trying to understand the mind, only difference is one speaks with factsand chemicals while the other speaks with metaphors and rhymes.
The poet Tom Greening was greatly influenced by psychologist Rollo May. based off of the article The New Existentialists. Greening tells them, in fact,"psychology is hollow without poetry because it carries the wisdom of our search and craving for meaning and understanding in a complex world" Creativitiy arises from the unconcious. Poetry is a mix of many things, such as psychology and spirituality. You're put into a state where you begin to learn mindfulness. It promotes the poet to stay in the moment of their words. Poetry can contact an inner voice with thoughts and statements you didn't know were hiding in your mind.