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Is poetry art or therapy?

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chump
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if your poem makes you feel better then it is therapy....if it makes someone else feel better its art....

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my poems never make me,
or anyone else, feel 'better' -
therefore they're shit..:)

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Who says we need to choose? Poetry may be what fits in the moment - if therapy turns out to be or can be turned into art, everyone wins. And vice versa. Now that seemed so obvious as to sound trite, but truth is often self-evident.

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lepperochan
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that's that then.

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KyleL29
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I think at some point in our lives we need some sort of avenue to vent our frustrations,misunderstanding of the world, creativity and so on. I'm sure like many of you discovered writing in your teens. Simply because of the psychology of the development of the human brain. For some of us this process can be overwhelming during this phase in our lives. People have found writing to be that approach to calm the wild angsty teen beast. If I were to read this ten years ago, I'd agree with you however, I have other modes that I see as therapy now. In saying that I do very much like to flex my creativity muscles. I also think for many whom like to squander in self-pity all the time; then it's sort of a crutch...

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Art and the effects created by art on the brain are therapeutic

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For me it is both art and therapy. However each person must give to poetry that which they have and take from it that which they need.

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alexbanner
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Definitely both! Being a poet is the greatest thing ever!

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Poetry is art!!! It has painted so many scenes and scenarios in my mind that I would not have come up with myself!!

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I personally believe that poetry is both. Poetry is art but it is also therapy because it allows you to tap into what you are feeling and transcribe it onto paper thus giving you a sense of relief/peace because it is being released out of you. Thoughts that get trapped inside your head can cause a lot of problems psychologically. Writing poems is therapuetic. For many words don't flow so easily out of the mouth but put a pen and paper in their hand and you would be amazed and the depth of what they have to share..  I know for me it definitely is both and most definitely it brings therapy for me.

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My first one is both. I helped release a lot of tension in my mind, and it wasbinspiring. I've only done one so far.  No idea how to get it posted though. I just joined today. I haven't written a poem in over 10 + years and this just started coming up in my mind so I wrote it down and I loved the way it turned out.

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Both good for the creative side and can release tension

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pollyannaish_poet
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Poetry is both! I consider art as any medium for self-expression, and poetry is arguably one of the greatest ways one can utilize their creativity, imagination and individuality. Poetry is also incredibly therapeutic, for as we all know, the power of words is unparalleled! It can raise the spirits of even the most sorrowful or heartbroken. Poetry is medicine for the soul- in more ways than one.

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Definitely both, though more therapy for me.  I lifts whatever I'm writing off my heart when it gets to heavy.

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