can you explain "actual poetry"? this struggle for lack of a better term. has been going on for ages..be it between the parnassians and the romantics of the 19th century or the elitist of today we see..
poetry..is art.. and art by nature is subjective. what is not art/poetry in your individual opinion does not necessarily hold truth for the next person... so to me your quote above and your latest words look contradictory...of course it's of a subjective nature that each culture and generation will argue about. such is art in all its forms.
but i'll ty to give my understanding of 'actual' poetry as i've come to understand it over the years, using the basic tenets of why a piece of writing is a poem:
poetry is literature using aesthetics more than prose might, metre, form, imagery, sound and musicality, emotional content; these are used in an attempt to describe a sense of something elusive, frequently metaphysical, often relating to the emotional turbulence of life; aesthetics attempt to elevate language above mere words on a page, allowing a poem to connect deeply with a reader beyond a mere retelling of an event or uncontrolled morass of words.
there's nothing elitist in wanting to learn how best to touch another reader's soul/mind/heart. would you say a novice playing piano should remain content with banging out chopsticks, or shouldn't aspire to play as beautifully as they can through learning, practise, listening to wonderful pianists?