yeah, I get that. it's great when a poem hits home like that. I've had people say they were moved/ touched/ etc, and that's great to hear
About language. my two favorite poems are The raven and Anne Sexton's All my pretty ones. they both use different styles, The raven flows and rhymes. Sexton's is more matter of fact, though she does throw in a couple of rhymes.
thing is, the words and language they use were the the words and language of the time. I have often tried to emulate the raven and Sexton's style, it never quite works out.
if you look at Hemi's poetry or indeed Jon Rot's they both use words and language that they would use every day. it reads pretty good, it's a style that's very popular among aspiring poets both now and in the past.
other poets use words that they don't use every day: Shadoe, Aish, Magda etc and that reads fine too.
so, I am thinking that a poem for me, in my book would have either or. but I am pretty picky about my poetry, (it's not great but it's a helluva lot better than it was when I started) and bin about 40% of what I write and leave a load of poems to die a slow death on the competitions, even winners.
I can't actually define what poetry is, that's why i brought the subject up, to see what you people think
thank you all most much for your thoughts this far