The poem has a unique publishing history, due to Moore's many revisions. (See "In a Nutshell" for more on this.) Within the poem itself, the possibility of transformation or change is also a crucial theme, relating to the speaker's attitude toward poetry and how we readers come to define it. Is it possible for poetry to become something the speaker (and we readers) can appreciate?
The speaker continues to dislike poetry at the end of the poem, but she concedes that it might have some value as a place for the genuine.
The shorter version of "Poetry" must be read alongside the longer version to get a complete idea of the poem's significance. Examining the revisions is crucial to studying the poem.