According to Wikipedia, poetry is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning. Translation: Poetry is for people who aren't getting laid.
Once upon a time, poetry was completely uneccessary, because people were getting mad amounts of ass. Literally.
Most men had a wife, and a personal boy-servant they could bugger willy nilly. Masturbation was practically obsolete.
Greeks: totally not gay
Then the world became more reserved and buggery was outlawed, much to the relief of boys everywhere.
But this created a whole new set of problems for men, because lady-folk have a nasty habit of either not putting out, or giving it to everyone but you.
When you google 'Promiscuous Girl' you get an Olson twin. Obviously everyone is googling 'Promiscuous Girl'.
In their misery, men created poetry. They wrote about their lack of action, and other people who weren't getting any rejoiced in the knowledge that someone shared their pain.
This continued for several years until 1955, when Elvis Presley invented music. Poetry had finally come of age, and suddenly people were singing about their lack of action. This musical poetry was called Emo.
The drugs destroyed Elvis' latter years.
Wishing to find a way to boast about the massive amount sex they were having, young black urban males invented the hip-hop, which is like poetry, but for people who are getting laid.
Old white people who love poetry frowned on the hip-hop, mostly due to jealousy, and needing to get laid.
Jheri-curl + the hip hop = knee deep in pussy
As long as buggery is frowned upon and men have to rely on women and masturbation, then poetry will be popular, and virgins eveywhere will continue claiming Shakespeare is the only one who gets them while masturbating and weeping.
Subtext: Patricia is not putting out