Americans love to claim that they don't understand poetry. Its use is relegated to therapy sessions and pop music, often with disastrous artistic results.
Yet we turn to poetry in profound moments, and by looking at how, we can see its impact.
Consider Justice Kennedy's recent writing in a landmark case upholding same-sex marriage.
He wrote: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”