Wordsworth called poetry “the spontaneous overflow of feelings.” I agree, however I would add the word ‘intense’ before feelings.

The spontaneous overflow of intense feelings. You see the reason we write poetry is to attempt to feel again, or to purify the feeling of that same emotion we felt. Or maybe to relive or hold on to an emotional moment.

Poets such as e.e Cummings, a personal favourite of mine, and William Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe and the list goes on, are known as some of the best wordsmiths of all time.


e.e Cummings

love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall

more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail

it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky

However, it doesnt matter who you are, if you want to write for self- expression then don’t hesitate. Grab a pen and paper. There is something deeply personal connected to weaving words, creating metaphors, and rhyming patterns to achieve something inarticulable

The poem I have in image here is a healtfelt exposé of a young man who found himself away from his true love. He was sent to jail, and during his experience there, was able to delve within himself and understand his feelings. He said, “My experience there taught me alot… in there we weren’t all mean and ruthless.”

letter from jail

It was 26th August 2009, a gorgeous day in the prison yard and as he wondered into the chapel, his thoughts could no longer remain captive. Spilling his feelings, for his lady, on a piece of paper (see image), he expressed in words of endearment how much she meant to him.

“Through all the bad patches in my life, she was definately my rock.”

 Whether you are the writer or the recipient of poetry, it’s clear that when the words connect to you personally, there is power. Expressive words can be such a personable experience. Satisfaction blossoms when appreciation is shared by another.

Poetry achieves more than normal prose by enhancing feelings through abstractions.

Sometimes feeling happy, sad, or angry is more than what your appearance may portray. Poetry expresses feelings which when written on paper speak louder than actions. Especially when it comes to feelings like LOVE or feelings you may not fully comprehend yet.

By allowing your words to flow you gain much power for good and for darker emotions. They may inspire moments when only reading or writing will satisfy your mind. This is when creative expression begins and words form and mould into a structure of prose no longer able to stay confined to grey matter and you find yourself searching for writing implements before you forget the perfect expression in your mind.

When words resonate and connect with me, I feel less alone and more alive. I think that’s why we have our favourite authors, poets and quotes. And why we express ourselves in powerful words.

Thank you my cuzzy for allowing me to blog about you, your past, and family. xxx







Melissa Coleman View All →

I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life. I love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and production of stories and articles I feel are worth writing about.

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