Dan, what the fuck do you want me to say? You want me to address every single one of those poets in essay format? Give you my opinion on the fundamental difference between poetry and music? Not that I'm afraid of answering, but I really don't see the pertinence of it, and I've answered so many quibbles for one day that I'll explode if I answer any more. Honestly, I wanted you to admit that you hate Rapmusic, and therefore came here only to squash the self-esteem of the young poets who were not as fortunate as yourself. I attended one of the worst schools in America. Seriously. Lowest test scores in all of Tennessee. And I assume that you know where Tennessee ranks nationally. Keats, Tennyson, Blah, Blah, Blah. I didn't hear of those poets until college. Hell, I didn't hear of poetry at all in my school. I heard of Rap though. And I'll choose Tupac over Elliot any day, because I can relate to it. Of course, I can relate to Shakespeare. But most of the poets you've named can eat my shit as far as I'm concerned. You certainly haven't done a good job convincing me that they have anything to offer me. I think that the character of the person writing the poems is more important than how technically appealing the poem is. By the way, I'm not training to be a poet. So telling me that my poetry sucks, is like telling someone who sings to the radio in their car that their singing sucks. Who gives a fuck? Songs were meant to be sung and poems were meant to be written. Whether they live up to your standards really doesn't matter. So unless you want to come teach Poetry in my High School, don't complain that the poetry stinks. Because you're not doing anything but complaining. Teach it if you want it to be, and don't act surprised if your students hate you.