Wordsworth told us poetry was 'spontaneous emotion recollected in tranquility.' Us post-postmoderns now consider this trite in the extreme. About the only thing people seem to agree on these days about poetry is that they don't agree on anything.
When I first encountered Wordsworth's construction as a dim undergraduate, though, it seemed reasonable enough. I hadn't read any Wordsworth. The only poetry I'm sure I'd read before ENG101 was Dennis Lee's Alligator Pie (such was the state of Ontario's school system in the 1980s — which is much improved these days, I’m sure).