Journal Five: But What of Poetry?

One of Emily Dickinson's poems reads as follows:

I REASON, earth is short,
And anguish absolute.
And many hurt;
But what of that?

I reason, we could die:
The best vitality
Cannot excel decay;
But what of that?

I reason that in heaven
Somehow, it will be even,
Some new equation given;
But what of that?

For this journal, let's ask the question, "but what of that?" of the poetry we have read this week, and poetry in general. What should we make of it? In a narrow or a broad sense? Tell us "What [you think] of that," with the "that" being the poetry and poets from this week. In developing your thoughts, flesh them out with examples from the readings, providing some explanation of what you are seeing.

Having posted your thoughts, respond to at least two other journals and one response to your journal, for a minimum of three responses. Due date for the journal is midnight Sunday. Responses are due by midnight Tuesday.