My wife made the statement yesterday that I was "not a real poet."
Her reasoning was that she has listened to other (obviously real) poets saying that they have a burning compulsion to write poetry. They see something and have a spiritual need to get it out as poetry.
I, on the other hand, (she says) don't have that burning passion in my soul. I treat poetry as an academic exercise, like doing a crossword or losing at Cluedo to my daughter.
Its an interesting theory. I enjoy writing poetry and always have an antenna out for things to poeticise. But no, it is not the all-consuming passion that others claim to have.
Whether this makes me less of a poet, I don't know. I believe some passion is essential to write good poetry but it must be kept in control by the head. But I feel I do write better stuff when I feel strongly about a subject.