Poetry and Psychology
Jun 21, 2020
It is the honourable characteristic of Poetry that its materials are to be found in every subject which can interest the human mind."
- William Wordsworth
Poetry is as universal as language, and almost as ancient. It powerfully captures the strongest emotions of the human condition: exaltation, envy, love, grief, pride, bravery, and the entire spectrum of what it means to live one’s life.
How can poetry help us understand the human psyche? How are we to tell good poetry from bad? Are the rules objective, or is poetry whatever talks to our heart?
Our time on this earth is limited by our own perspective. We get but one life. Through poetry, we can live infinitely and vicariously through others, which serves a fundamental human requirement.
Josh Dickson is an addictions counsellor, trauma therapist and positive psychologist. He is the founder and clinical director of Resurface, providing surf therapy retreats for trauma, positivity and creativity. He also works in private practice.
Kirk Barbera is Editor-in-chief of Troubadour Magazine and co-host of the podcast “Surprised by Art!" W/ Luc and Kirk.