Metrophobia is a fear of poetry! How can you be afraid of poetry? Sometimes people get upset that they don’t understand a poem’s layers or subtle (or totally obtuse) meanings, sometimes it’s teachers who insisted poems meant one thing and you didn’t agree and argued “but how do you KNOW that’s what they meant?” (That was me!) and sometimes, by fearing a teacher and having to learn 10 or 20 lines for the next day makes you miss the beauty of what you are learning and just remember the fear   I had one teacher who made me fear poetry and another who made me fall in love with it: thankfully I had that balance!

Whatever you learned back then, unlearn it – read it for yourself.  Find your own meaning and beauty and wonder….