Poetry is a form of literature that uses rhythmic language to tell a story. Some say that the oldest surviving poem is the Epic of Gilgamesh which was written around 3,000 BC. Although there is much controversy over which work was the earliest form of poetry.
Most historians agree that poetry was probably a form of recited phrases or fragmented sentences that were repeated to recall history or law, making them easy to remember or re-tell. This was a way of passing on culture from one generation to the next. Examples of this are tales of Greek mythology, that are still taught throughout education systems today.
Scientist have long sought out answers to how our brain can recall information, and how it can do so more efficiently and effectively. Neuroscience is a rapidly evolving. We are learning more about the brain and how it takes in information, processes that information, and how it can recall it.
The brain is wired to form neuro pathways to information by acts of repetition. Neuroscientist don’t agree on all aspects of how the brain allows us to recall information. However, they do agree that information set to music is the easiest way to remember something.
The feeling that is associated with an experience is what allows the brain to recall information or an event. Music and poetry have the canny ability to evoke feelings and emotions that we can relate to. We can all relate to times of hardship and soothing words that were used to comfort us. We may not necessarily remember all the words spoken, but we remember the emotion because of those words.
Researchers have long discovered that different regions of the brain are utilized by different forms of stimulus. Music, rhythm, emotions, and recall directly correlate and can reach many regions of the brain. In studies neuroscientist, have used EEG, MRI, and CT, and PET monitoring to gather data regarding the brain and the effects related to different stimuli. This wealth of information has provided proof that the human brain has implicit musical ability.
Many educators have taken this information and are using it to create better ways of educating the next generation. They utilize lessons that create events that evoke emotion from the students. Making the lesson relevant and meaningful will grab the attention of the student, when emotion is brought into the equation students can recall that information with a higher rate of accuracy than other methods that have been used in the past.
With modern technology, we can detect and identify the area of the brain that has been affected from a specific injury, whether it be trauma or illness. Scientist are able to use findings from other studies to know exactly what type of method will bring healing to the specific area of the brain.
Going back to how the brain receives information and retains the information easiest through rhythm and music; many individuals who have suffered brain injury are finding healing through poetry. Not just listening to poetry, but creating it as well to bring about the full circle of healing.
Many brain injury victims have unleashed their emotions through poetry. In fact, you can find a plethora of poetry by brain injury patients on many different websites.
This is not just a method used in the healing process of brain injury victims. The history of psychiatry has long known that expressing feelings is helpful in the healing process. Emotions that are harbored within tend to bring about other harmful events, depression, cardiac issues, self-injury, and eating disorders, are just a few.
Combining well known and established practices to bring full recovery has been widely successful and an accepted practice, with tremendous results.