I partially agree. The only instance in which I'd disagree is in examples where it is known what a poet was writing about (although I still think it is ok for others to hold their own interpratation of the work).
Even then though, I feel that is the wrong way to introduce one to poetry. I find that it tends to work against getting others to write when that is their starting point.
Let them write what means something to them first before asking them to decipher the work of another.
Now that I am older, and have my own poetic style, I sometimes enjoy reading famous poems and coming to an understanding of what they are about. I can appreciate them now.
When I was younger that was far more difficult to do.
I don't want to veer too far off in that direction, but in my experiences with woman, it'd be fair to say the fact that I write poetry has never worked against me.
Edited by Angel Left Wing, 27 April 2012 - 04:43 AM.