Poems can be powerful and evocative. The poet plays to our emotions, drawing us into the poem's subject matter, whether it be a glimpse of the everyday, or a description of times, place or circumstances unfamiliar to us. Indeed, poets themselves are often inspired by life's shared connections, be they individual, family, community or global.
In a nutshell, they are exploring 'belonging', and their use of imagery and other techniques encourages us to connect, or 'belong' with the poem and its subject.
I encourage students to read a range of poems throughout their senior years of English.