I'll shut-up and just tell you rent "The Dead Poet Society". I want to be that teacher.
I have seen that movie many times - and I do, too.
I see you got the same thing from that question that I did. A great big huh? Don't you get it?
ps. It seems to me Mae that my poem was about this every subject. Odd that.
That's why I said it reminded me of this event and wanted you to read my blog.
Your answer was so much more eloquent than mine. If I had the nerve and if it sounded anything like me (which it doesn't. It sounds like you!) I'd steal it and give that as my answer. This man was the only one who didn't comment on how hard it would be to write as I do. There is another teacher, a woman who teaches fourth grade and writes novels, that said reading my poem and trying to critique it made her go back and look at her own writing. I was able to say so much in 8 syllables that it made her think differently about how she wrote. That comment meant a lot to me. There were others who counted every line for its syllable count and that's about all and another who checked on whether or not my language was too modern. It was clear that they were out of their depth in trying to critique an epic poem, but at least they didn't say there was no benefit or value in it.
I feel very sad for this man's students. I feel sad for him. He is restricting for himself and them from a whole range of experiences to be found in poetry that just isn't found in prose. And I agree with you - all writing, all literature is worth reading, but when was the last time you read a novel and came away with a "Wow!" I often do when I read poetry. That's how I felt the very first time I read "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning - and it's still the way I feel when I read that poem. That just doesn't happen with a novel or even a short story.