Above is my profane attempt to illustrate some feelings I have had concerning some of the poetry I am reading of late. The yellow area is the type of poetry I resonate with: clear, straightforward, coherent language and the fewer obscure allusions or metaphors, the better. A 6-dimensional illustration would better illustrate many of the other qualities that figure into my preferences, but I don’t have software to help me draw 6-D!
Are there any categories that you can identify as typifying your aesthetic preferences in poetry? Many poetry-types will be very allergic to my analytic approach here — tough luck. Don’t get me wrong though, this is just one of my many methods of looking at poetry. I can even feel stuff that I don’t like affect me — such is the nature of the world, eh?