The world that a poet describes with brief words is not simply that fixed conception. He, as its discoverer, suggests an idea or image to us in order to fathom the endless stream of existence that is by no means only limited to our physical lives. In order to comprehend the world as a "great, beautiful, noble and precious whole" (Goethe), in order to view it as the oneness of all existence - not because the laws of nature give it its form but because interaction takes place between man and the world.
Because of his spiritual origins, man comprehends mysteries and possesses knowledge that cannot be accounted for theoretically. He is aware that nothing within him is of essence that cannot at the same time be outwardly experienced, that he knows things that he only experiences through contemplation and can express through the medium of poetry. "Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but not than contemplating," says Goethe, which means that a thing doesn't want to merely remain a thought, but become poetry.
Through association with poetry, children cultivate their language and feeling for words. By learning and reciting poems, they train their memory and diction, and by performing theatrically they also learn to master facial expression and the use of gestures.