Reading poetry is just as important as writing poetry. Reading helps you find your subject niche. Now, there will always be poetry and writing snobs in your life. If you dislike their favorite author, you aren’t a real writer. If you hate a certain genre, you’re dead to them. It’s a lesson that every writer learns one way or another. In college I recall being accosted by a fellow student because I couldn’t find myself interested in beat poetry in the least. In fact, I couldn’t sit through a single beat poetry night at the local coffee shop because I found it so extraordinarily boring. So I left and decided that this sector of poetry just wasn’t for me.
When you meet the brick wall which marks your dislike of a certain style of poetry or author, don’t fret. Embrace this fact. Don’t worry about whether or not people will think you’re not as artsy or intelligent as them. Be passionate about what you enjoy. Maybe you love Burns and hate Yeats. Then throw yourself into Burns and enjoy every ounce of poetry he offers. When people comment on what you do and do not like, explain that their opinion is just that…an opinion. The whole concept of English Snobbery is, thankfully, fading with each passing day. It doesn’t matter if everyone else thinks your author is stupid. If you like him or her, that’s enough. Screw the majority and be proud of your minority language loves.