What is poetry is an excellent title and question. It is more than words----it is more than emotion----it is what captures the readers attention and exposes us to the core of our souls. Excellent work.
poetry for me is a bundle of contradictions - at once able to evoke emotion, pathos, anger, outrage, sentiment or any combination of the aforementioned while using all the magic of meter, rhyme, assonance, etc. to lend the poet's desired effect on the ear of the reader.