Why is the Poetry Unit Important? It is important for students to study poetry as a genre of literature for many reasons. Not only does the genre allow students to study literary techniques unique to poetry, but it exposes students to deep philosophical thoughts and emotional issues not always present in prose. As Section International-CM2 started the lesson on poetry, they examined specific vocabulary associated with poetry, including stanza, verse, free verse, and narrative poem. Two weeks into the Poems and students are already writing their own free verse and rhyming poems. Here are some for you to read.