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I was the same way as you, until about age 45. Then I read two poems, that spoke to me. Now I write poetry as well.
True, that song lyrics sound great in songs and look stupid when reading it in print without the accompanying sound waves.
It is extremely hard to match a person with the poetry s/he will like. There are more poets than you can shake a stick at, but only one or two will find you. In English, I like Keats. He never wrote one bad poem. He is a romantic, and he soothes my soul. In my tongue, I like Petofi Sandor. I like his natural sound, natural construct of the language. You can see no effort in his poetry. He is 100 percent inspiration and 0 percent perspiration when he writes, and it comes clearly across his lines. Keats also. Same would go to the poet of my favourite old poem, Csokonai Vitez Mihaly. I only know two of his poems, and they are better than Petofi's even. Not quite as natural, but still a hundred lightyears better than the language of Arany Janos.
Of the moderns I like Bob Dylan. His music and his words match and they find me.
I think most people are like you, Maxcady and how I was until age 45. Most people intensely dislike poetry. That's why they teach so much of it in school.