More intense? No, not so. We (as poets) have a gift, a talent to put into words, into a particular form, what we see, think, and feel. We are driven to do this for various reasons - does that set us apart from the rest of humanity? Does not the musician feel driven to play her instrument? Doesn't the athelete feel driven to play her sport? Doesn't the singer feel driven to sing? Does n't the teacher feel driven to teach?
In all areas there are those who driven to do the things they are gifted enough to do. There are also those who merely do those things because they have the talent to do so. They do these things as a matter of course, not through drive or passion.
We are blessed to have the gift of poetry to excise our passions, this makes us no more intense than others, just more vocal about our intensity.
Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
"Everything is your own damn fault, if you are any good." E. Hemmingway