I’ve thought a lot about this question. Poetry means so many different things to so many different people. Honestly, before I began writing poetry, I thought all poetry was stuffy. I didn’t “get” it most of the time. They were massive tomes that sometimes rhymed and sometimes didn’t. But my experience was based on my high school literature days (more years ago than I care to think about).
Then I saw a blog from Papi Z that asked “How do you grade a poem? It brought all of this up for me again and I wanted to just talk about poetry a bit.
I’ve been exploring many types of poetry forms lately. Some of them I like and some I don’t. I have found that writing a shorter poem within a form can be very challenging. Sure, anybody can string together the appropriate syllables, but using the exact words that will evoke the desired emotion takes work. I personally don’t really like long poems (I think I suffer from a short attention span). That doesn’t make them bad poems, just not the ones I prefer.
I would encourage everyone to read some poetry – find a poet whose style you like (I hope that would include me of course) – and immerse yourself in the words. Fall in love with how those words are chosen and get in touch with your own emotions.