What is YOUR purpose for writing poetry, in the humble opinions of those on this website doing it?
I ask this question only because I feel sometimes like many, many people who "write poetry" are doing little more than aping traditional standards of what is English-style verse. I say this, of course, as someone who did the exact same thing for years until I began to study literary theory and wonder, "Why am I doing this?" So, I'm asking, why do YOU - not the human race, but you specifically - take the time to sit down and write?
Recording the human experience?
Just because it's the cool thing to do?
To get chicks?
I, personally, write because I enjoy reading, and I feel as though I want to contribute to the dreamy world of literature that has brought me great pleasure.