Poetry turns words into art. Poetry speaks to the soul in a way everyday conversation cannot. Poetry can hurt and it can heal. Poetry can express emotions even in the most intensely joyous or grievous times. Many famous poems are famous for just that reason. Who could forget the sometimes passionate and sometimes melancholy words of poets like Edgar Allen Poe , Maya Angelou , and Emily Dickinson ? They open our eyes and our hearts to times past, while reminding us that human nature remains essentially the same no matter when or where one lives.