it is different for everyone it depends on what your essence is. i published a book of poetry in 2007 it listed with all the major book stores and online venders. basiclly if you are angry , so is your poetry, if you are hurt, so is your poetry, if you are honest ,so is your poetry , poetry is different, evolving, simple, complex, short, long winded, mean,hateful,loving,misguided! its hard to pinpoint one specific thing! just go with whats in your heart and in your mind! i have never read a bad poem because its all about what that person is feeling and is trying to tell or show the rest of the world. peace bruh hope my words helped u a lil!