“I have been used to consider poetry as “the food of love” said Darcy. “Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Everything nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away”
-Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice
I share Jane’s wariness of poetry. That stuff could drive a person mad.