Gloomy, Elitist and Irrelevant

Most people also have a narrow definition of poetry.
When told that poetry can include rap, football chants and verses in greeting cards, they become more supportive of the medium. [...]
The public has a problem with the image of poetry. It was often perceived as out-of-touch, gloomy, irrelevant, effeminate, high-brow and elitist. [...]
Amongst the general public, contemporary poetry had an even more negative image.
On first reflection it was commonly perceived as inaccessible, complex and lacking rhyme and rhythm.

Full article by David Lister HERE