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Is there such a thing as bad poetry, and how do we determine when such exists?
On another poetry site I saw a statement on the main page: "There are no bad poems, only different kinds of poetry."
I wonder how such a statement might appear regarding other areas of human culture:
There are no bad drivers, only different kinds.
There are no bad foods, only different kinds.
There are no bad cooks, just different kinds of cuisine.
There are no bad leaders, just different styles of leadership.
There is no bad sex...
(well, I guess there are exceptions.)
Seriously, in the real world of art or logic, if we cannot separate out a class called "bad", then we have no comparison to identify a class called "good". If there is no bad poetry, it seems to me there is no good poetry.
Of course there IS bad poetry - lot's of it, too. I've seen it, read it, heard it. If the category of "quality" doesn't exist, then why should any poet work hard at improving their work, given that it can never achieve the status of "good" or "bad"? The idea of improvement itself implies a progression to "good"; hence, if there is no such category as "good" and "bad", then improvement would seem to be precluded.