Poetry scares most people.
Mostly because it is still a foreign experience for many.
I remember being in elementary school and loving poetry. No one in my lower classes ever complained when the teacher said it was time for poetry. But, somewhere, usually in high school, students begin to despise the very idea of anything associated with poetry. Why? Usually because students are asked to find the author’s meaning. They are forced to dissect poems to find examples of figurative language. And because of the rush of the school day and year, most poems are only briefly covered and/or discussed and delving into what the poem could mean is reduced to a drive by reading. Taking poems apart, looking for meaning, but usually a meaning a teacher is expecting. Not one a reader may find.
Readers bring their own experiences and background knowledge to anything they read, including poetry. And while I agree all author’s have a purpose when they write, the reader finds his/her own purpose in what is read because of his/her unique experiences and backgrounds. Because of this, teachers need to embrace poetry for what it is:
the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure bybeautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts