What is Poetry?

Hmm, what an excellent question.  W.H. Auden calls it "memorable speech."  William Wordsworth believes poetry is "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings."  My personal definition of poetry is simplier.  I believe that poetry is freedom of words.  Poetry gives a person the freedom to say things that we otherwise would never have the courage to say.  Throughout my life poetry has freed me from an emotional prison.

What does poetry mean to you?