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Is poetry art or therapy?

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AlisVolatPropriis8
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Realistic purview of therapie.

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If I might, I'd like to ask a question: would your writing change depending on whether you consider poetry art or therapy, and how?

In my case, if I were to consider poetry therapy only, I would probably futz with it much less than I do - once it achieved its function of exercising demons, I'd be done. As I do consider poetry a combination, I currently work and futz with my poems to make them pleasing. OTOH, perhaps some would consider that in itself therapeutic.

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Both!  I reading it writing it.  It doesn't matter, it is definitely both to me.  Equal halves.

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The cheapest form of therapy is to write something down. It doesn't make your scribbles art. It's a little more complex than that.

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Writing poetry can be therapy if it is the outworking an emotions or worries that would be unhealthy to keep in. I would probably agree with Cat Stevens' song line:

Can't keep it in, can't keep it in, gotta let it out!

One of my longest poems, Gethsemane Rhapsody, a parody of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody  (spiritual section) followed a depressing experience related to work. I think it was God's helping me to bounce back.

Reading poetry is at its most therapeutic to me if it is comical and makes one laugh.

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some poetry is art, it doesn't matter whether or not art is therapeutic

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all poetry is Art first and foremost - for me it is also therapy - the theraputic value of poetry depends on the writer. it can be therapy for the reader also on a case by case, poem by poem :-)

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It is def both in my opinion. For me personally it is therapy. It helps me work through my thoughts and feelings. After writing a song or poem, I always feel soo much better.

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It's a therapeutic art in my opinion.

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pottery is art

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poetry

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Poetry is as you make it. It can be art that is therapeutic.

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Sometimes it's one and sometimes it's the other. For me the best work is when I fuse the two together.

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Like another guy said, I think all art is therapeutic. It's another way of communicating with people who you are, your troubles, etc. Art is communication.

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