This is a really good question. I think language is an art of expression and the formulation of words can also be an art form. I studied poetry and its forms and historical writers. I think it serves as a value to know those forms and styles and types--it's information that's good. Even though I used to write with the knowledge I had learned, which was a delightful challenge, I prefer free verse. I think it's good to know the characteristics of past poetry and to know the historical poets if you want to become a serious poet for successful gain, i.e., T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and the list goes on and on. It's also interesting to study how poetry evolved through all the periods. I think for a person to say, "I'm a poet," and has no awareness of any poetry history, can become a more informed poet by studying the different past standards and methods. Sorry for the monologue, I have a hard time just saying yes or no to a question.