Poetry is such a literary big shot that people can earn doctorate degrees in it. Poetry is such a big deal that the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom is appointed by the royal monarch and has been since the early 1600s. Poetry is such the big cheese on the block of literary genres that one of the earliest poems, Epic of Gigamesh, zips all the way back to more than 4000 years ago as an epic poem about the Sumerian’s King Gilgamesh, or Gil to his buds and Meshy to his really close buds. What about theater, you may wonder? Just a kid in comparison, dating back about to the ancient Greeks.