I am wondering if, when you go to Poets.org and look at the most popular poems, you see alot of poems that you were taught in school. I did. I would be willing to bet that if someone where to compile a list of poems in anthologies and see how many students read each one, it would correlate to this list.
Assuming that is true, it is a good argument for teaching poetry in school, for it may be the only poetry people come across. With the exception of the New Yorker and Harper’s, I don’t know how many mainstream magazines publish poetry anymore. I would also bet that most people don’t read it casually either. And I am also willing to bet that people will recall good poetry that they read, and how it had a positive influence on them.
I think we need people to be aware of more good poems like these.