What is it about poetry that makes it in the minds of people the highest form of literate expression?
What I mean is, why is poetry often used as a metaphor or adjective, while say, novel writing, or even songwriting, never or rarely is?
(A sunset is poetic. Muhammed Ali was 'poetry in motion.' Why not a novelistic sunset? Why was Ali not 'prose in motion?'
Poets are often described as seers or prophets, while prose writers rarely are, which would imply that the poet is closer to God.
What moves existential lovestruck teen-agers to write existential, lovestruck poetry to express their feelings, rather than existential, lovestruck short stories?
The first forms of story-telling were in the form of verse; Gilgamesh, the Iliad and Odyssey, the Vedas or Upanishads. Novel writing developed much later. Why?
You can get on an open mike and read your spoken word poem, but try getting up there to read your short story.
What the heck is it about poetry?