Modern psychiatry now has a name for it- so it must be real!
METROPHOBIA- a disabling fear of poetry, often induced by traumatic early experiences at the hands of well-intentioned but mis-guided poetry teachers who are often times themselves suffering from the same malady. And so the cycle of fear and loathing is perpetuated...
Treatment often includes regression therapy in an effort to expunge the previously imprinted notions of what poetry is and how it must be read and the daily ingestion of well-written poems that can be experienced and enjoyed by readers at all stages of their recovery.
If the thought of reading poetry brings on palpitations, shortness of breath, sweatiness or persistent piloerection, please see your doctor.
Here's one of my favourite scenes from Dead Poets Society which accurately depicts one of the early critical steps in the recovery process!