Depression Poems Express The Agony Of Depression And The Longing For Love, Peace, And Happiness

No individual can feel happy at all times. But there exist some people who feel that they can never be happy. Many of them feel that their entire life is nothing but loneliness, pain and struggle. They probably have a proper understanding of what depression means. In psychiatry and psychology depression means the emotion of sadness and other related behaviour. Though no one knows what exactly leads to depression, the symptoms show a vast change from a person's normal behaviour. A downcast mood, loss of interest in most activities, a feeling of guilt and worthlessness, lack of concentration and above all, suicidal tendencies are some of the major symptoms of depression.

Depression is a type of silent disease that kind of sucks out the energy and joy out of an individual. Those who are lucky enough to have never undergone depression probably can not understand its significance. One must accept it as an illness and not ridicule the depressed person. There have been quite a few men and women who lived all their life with depression and still did what they wanted to do — write exceptional poetry. The burden of sadness ultimately became too heavy for them and their way of sharing it came out as such poignant poetry. And that is why these poems evoke a strange kind of emotion within us.

People often argue that their depressed state led the poets to write such fine poems. In fact, the idea of linking depression and creativity can be traced back to the time of Aristotle. The great philosopher had himself written that poets and artists have a tendency towards ‘melancholia.' There are many examples of painters, poets, writers and composers like Vincent Van Gogh, John Keats, Virginia Woolf and Robert Schumann who were suspected of suffering from some form of mental illness.

Among the late 19th and early 20th century poets who suffered from depression are the likes of Sylvia Plath, John Clare and William Cowper. Plath had to struggle with severe depression for the major part of her life until she committed suicide at the age of 30. Clare had to be placed in an asylum as his mental health deteriorated. There, he started rewriting the works of Lord Byron and even took credit for many of Shakespeare's works. Cowper suffered from depression periodically and tried committing suicide many times. All these poets suffered from some kind of personal tragedy and took the help of poems to look for love and happiness.

In some of the latest researches, psychologists have brought forward interesting points regarding the relation between depression and creativity. It has been found that poets, especially female poets, have showed signs of mental illness after experiencing some kind of personal tragedy. This has been termed as the Plath effect after the famous poet whose depression led her to commit suicide. However, there is still no consensus on the exact relation between creativity and depression. Psychologists have also argued that poetry often led the depressed poets to live longer as they found a way to express their anguish and lay bare their troubled hearts.