Moved by Words: how Poetry Helps us Express our Feelings

Poetry has made something of a comeback in popular culture, thanks to America’s Amanda Gorman, who read her performance poems at a presidential inauguration and this year’s Super Bowl. Gorman has been described as bringing poetry to the masses, writes Maria Takolander.

However, when it comes to the mainstream, poetry has long been hiding in plain sight. Gorman’s spoken-word performances, which have been compared to hip hop, drew attention to poetry in music lyrics. But poetry is also visible in movies and on TV, reads her stor in The Conversation.

These media representations are interesting because they show how poetry is popularly understood in connection with feelings, the author said. And that popular wisdom chimes with findings in cognitive neuroscience about how language and, by extension, poetry work.

Read the full story in The Conversation.

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