The Power of Poetry

Designed by our team of Teaching Artists, courses are fun, straightforward and engaging; each is a series of simple but significant, creative exercises, which when combined with the expert mentoring of our outstanding teachers, has an profound benefit for wellbeing, capability and performance.

Our brains are built by what we do.

What we train our minds to do (and our bodies), builds the physical structures in our brains which facilitate our life and learning.

The more complex the actions and thoughts which we practice: the more sophisticated and powerful those structures become.

Poetry embodies memory, emotions, knowledge; often eliciting unconscious feelings which, together with the influence of rhythm and rhyme creates a very powerful medium. We believe that certain methods of working through poetry create very sophisticated, very powerful structures.

Our gently and expertly mentored sessions will help you, or your staff become more resilient, more connected, less stressed and more efficient. If you like, think of it as yoga for the mind.

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Poetry's Story

“We are born makers, and creativity is the ultimate act of integration — it is how we fold our experiences into our being…”  – Brené Brown, from Rising Strong.

We believe the single most effective way to improve the capabilities of our minds remains what human civilisation discovered centuries ago: poetry. Ancient cultures leaned that memorising poetry benefited the capabilities of the mind so massively, that vast, epic tales could be memorised and passed on to other generations and populations in a reliable and sustainable mechanism.


There is more though than a profound impact on memory and cognitive ability. The act of creating and writing poetry elicits hidden emotions and brings them to the forefront of our consciousness; allowing them to be dealt with, acknowledged and validated; bringing essential benefits to well-being, particularly in a time of crisis such as we are living in just now.


Although practiced for centuries as an integral part of education, the immense benefits of working through poetry are only beginning to be understood now, as modern neuroscience has finally caught up to the poets. More studies are being done, and we hope that the work of WordLab Arts can be involved in future research.


We build the structures in our brain by what we do, and how often we do it. The bigger and more complex those structures are, the more sophisticated they become, and the more advanced our abilities become.


There’s a saying: ‘every thought in a child’s mind creates a neuron’. But a thought creates a neuron in the brain of a person of any age: the more thoughts, the more neurons.


Poetry is the product of many, interconnected thoughts. With the power of rhyme and rhythm it appears to create bigger, more permanent brain structures. Poetry invokes a unique response in the brain, as it it is hardwired into the human mind.


Poetry creates complex brain structures, which become densely-packed with neurons and with the expanding connections between them. When this occurs, huge leaps forward in the ability of that area of the brain take place. And when we say huge, we mean astronomical. 


Teaching Artists often describe seeing this paradigm shift in the participants they’re working with. This is generated by new connections being formed in a part of the brain which builds development of emotional and intellectual understanding.


Increasing the cognitive ability of any part of the brain boosts its overall ability. Poetry makes those connections permanent.


                                         “Poetry connects emotions, logic, memory, language,

                                           and wraps them up in meaning, rhythm and rhyme.”


Big structures made by music, intense experiences and poetry become much denser. Poetry engages many parts of the brain at once, building sophisticated structures which enable exponential advances in understanding and ability.


Poetry is one of the best ways to build capable brains. From, learning an instrument to becoming a world-renowned composer, or from multiplication to becoming an accomplished mathematician; these leaps forwards toward mastery are facilitated by the advanced brain structures we construct. 


Poetry, with its intrinsic qualities of rhythm and rhyme, creates big, robust neurons which last a lifetime, mirroring the impact of music. The interactions of our memories, emotions and consciousness which poetry elicits, create sophisticated structures which enable and sustain enhanced abilities.

John Stoddart 07879744971