The Poet Archetype

Poet . Lyricist . Poet/ Musician . Troubadour . Singer/ Songwriter


Expresses soul insights in symbolic language.


Turns a lyric gift to negative or destructive effect.

Closely related to both the Author and the Artist, the Poet combines lyricism with sharp insight, finding the essence of beauty and truth not only in the great epic affairs of humanity, but also in everyday acts and objects.

Great poetry extolls momentous events and great deeds, and also expresses wonder at the hidden joys and sorrows that most of us might overlook.

 The Shadow Aspect

The shadow Poet turns his gift for lyricism to negative or destructive effect, as in songs or poems written in support of military aggression or genocide.


You don’t have to be a published poet to have this as one of your twelve archetypes.

Look for a lifetime need and ability to discover beauty in the people and things around you, and express it in a way that helps others see it, too.


King David (ruler of Israel credited with writing many of the Psalms);

Orpheus (great musician and poet of Greek myth, capable of charming wild beasts);

Bragi (in Norse myth, the god of eloquence and patron of poets);

Finn Mac Cumhail (legendary Irish hero and leader who was also greatly skilled as a poet).

 Movies with Poet Archetypes

Watching movies related to one of your core archetypes, especially when going through the process of healing your shadow aspect is a powerful tool to help you understand yourself (your motivations, your passions, your fears – why you behave the way you do).



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