Poetry: A Therapeutic Tool to Combat Loneliness in Times of Covid Pandemic
Author(s):
DR. BHANDARI MUKUND SHRIRAM
Keywords:
mental health, Covid pandemic, expression, loneliness, Social isolation, healing morbid feelings, homeopathic healing, catharsis
Abstract
Postmodern aftereffects cut the modern man from men and milieu resulting in the vacuum of communication in his life. As a result, the feelings of loneliness pushing him into the quagmire of ill mental health. The Covid pandemic worsens the situation. The form of poetry emerges the best therapeutic healing for his mental transactions. It is also the perfect opportunity to utilize poetry to instill courage and confidence amongst the affected and lonely individuals. By nature, man is a social being. Therefore, social isolation is leading him towards several mental disorders including, fear and anxiety which gives way to depression, psychological stress, and loneliness. The present paper reveals that poetry can be a powerful tool to combat loneliness. Aristotle also recognized the therapeutic power of poetry. According to Aristotle, Poetry cleanses morbid feelings and provides homeopathic healing. Listening, writing, and reading poetry is associated with a reported improvement in pain. Poetry has been changing moods positively and nurture mental health. It provides the modern man a space to vent, reflect, and come to terms with his respective situations. It strengthens connections amongst men. It bestows us sight to see the silver linings in a dark cloud. All in all the voice of poetry breaks the silence of loneliness. William Wordsworth’s poetry provides vibrant instances of voice of poetry. Poetry eventually fulfills our psychological need for ‘expression’. In the time of oxygen scarcity poetry provides pristine oxygen to the suffocating lungs and turn them with the vibrant spirit of life.
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Unique Paper ID: 152745

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 4

Page(s): 211 - 213
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