It was more than poetry. The melodies and the simple musical backing lifted it higher. In later years, I discovered that the songs reference Joni's love affairs with Graham Nash and James Taylor and the loss of her daughter Kelly who was fostered soon after her birth when Joni was an impoverished art student.
In 1971, none of that mattered to me because I found the songs awesome in their own right. I didn't need to know exactly what had sparked them. She sang,:-