Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound, both aloud and inside the head of the reader. You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear.
There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is how I want to promote poetry.
Nothing truly convincing – which would possess thoroughness, vigor, and skill – has been written against the ancients as yet especially not against their poetry.