Why is poetry important?
Poetry is accessible. When I taught second grade, I taught a poetry unit. My students who had the most trouble with writing loved poetry. It provided an “in” for writing that didn’t necessitate complete sentences. They could just write what was important to them.
That's what's incredible about poetry- it’s life, distilled to its most evocative parts. It is a moment, a feeling, a person, refined into its most essential form. Every word is carefully chosen. Everything you read has been curated to describe something indescribable. I am constantly amazed by poets and language- despite it being such a precise art form, it always evokes something different for each person.