In exploring the essence of poetry, we often ask: does a 'poem' without a meter or rhyme still qualify as poetry? Definitely, yes. Poetry is more about expressing emotions and ideas in a condensed and powerful way, and less about following strict rules. While meter and rhyme can add a melodic component, their absence doesn't take away the poetic essence. So, be it free verse or prose poetry, the beauty and impact of the piece defines its poetic nature, not the structure or form.