Extensive research in area of cognitive science and intellectual skills suggests that intuitive understanding of seeing problems in new ways, analytical ability and effective communication of ideas to others are strong precursors of innovative thinking. Sternberg, R. J. (1986). in “Intelligence applied: Understanding and increasing your intellectual skills” in detail covered this topic.
In other words, sometimes is easy to come up with a good idea, but how we formulate idea, how it “goes into the world” and becomes persevered by the environment, strongly influence the possibility of the idea to become viable.
In the part I and part II of these series, I offered some suggestions on generating new ideas. Hence, writing poetry makes use of all three previously mentioned intellectual skills. Poetry can help us not only with writing and coming up with new ideas but also how to present our idea, make it more attractive to our audience or clients. That’s one of the reasons why I love poetry so much: it really help us work on our confidence, on our belief that we can contribute to something greater than ourselves, that we can provide value by sharing our knowledge and passion.
So for boosting your creative flow I have a little exercise to propose:
Next time you work on new idea, project, script – write like a small presentation of your idea in the form of a poem. Then read it out loud and imagine you have to present (“sell”) your idea to someone (agent, customers, managers ext). How does it feel? Is it empowering or you sense your idea lacks something? Pay attention to your posture: does you body naturally straights up while you read and present? Or you are quailed, with shrugged shoulders, impatient to finish your reading? Are you satisfied with the outcome or you are uncomfortable and insecure? Is your idea understandable? What else you could include in your poem? What kind of reaction you would like to provoke?
Your intuitive guidance, that inner knowing will tell you are you on the right track with your idea. If it doesn’t work try again. Between the verses is your hidden treasure to perfecting your idea.
You can go step further and organize a real audience for pitching your idea-poem. Listen and watch them. Did you capture their attention, how did they react? Your idea, transmuted through poem has to provide experience, to be uplifting, different from already seen and heard.
Note down your observation and work on the refinement of your idea. It will get you closer to your desired result – where both you and your clients enjoy the fruits of your work.
Take back this virgin page
by Thomas Moore
Take back the virgin page,
White and unwritten still,
Some hand more calm and sage
The leaf must fill.
Thoughts come as pure as light,
Pure as even you require:
But oh! each word I write
Love turns to fire.
Yet let me keep the book;
Oft shall my heart renew,
When on its leaves I look,
Dear thoughts of you.
Like you, ’tis fair and bright;
Like you, too bright and fair,
To let wild passion write
One wrong wish there!
Haply, when from those eyes
Far, far away I roam,
Should calmer thoughts arise
Tow’rds you and home;
Fancy may trace some line
Worthy those eyes to meet,
Thoughts that not burn, but shine,
Pure, calm, and sweet.
And as, o’er ocean far,
Seamen their records keep,
Led by some hidden star
Through the cold deep;
So may the words I write
Tell thro’ what storms I stray,
You still the unseen light
Guiding my way.
4 thoughts on “Excercise your creativity through poetry, part III”
When I was a teenager I used to write free form poetry all the time. To be honest, poetry has been off my radar for many years. Seeing your blog is like re-discovering it as a tool to unlock creativity. Thanks for posting 🙂
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With me was similar situation: wrote quite a lot in the high school and then with years simply forgot about it. After beginning to write again, I realize how much I missed it. Now is essential part of my life and everything has a different dimension. It really changed my life for better. And I’m glad you consider writing poetry again – brings always a good experience.
I loved your post. Too many of our ideas about sparking creativity are purely mental. The concept of pitching our idea to an imagined audience is great. It serves as a great organization tool, for one. Planning to present an idea would absolutely require some mental legwork in streamlining and putting your thoughts into an easy to understand format. Even better, like you said, if presenting your idea makes you insecure, it’s a great sign that you need to work on it. Nurturing the idea in the safety of our minds is comfortable, but leaves the possibility of overlooking large flaws.
Thanks for your thoughts!
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And thank you for your feedback. I’m glad it can help and be of value to you. 🙂