Poetry as a Trash Compactor?

Some say that poetry is a trash compactor – it takes all the unnecessary words out of the writing. I’m not sure that’s a full definition of poetry, but it’s interesting.

Why not try it? Write a paragraph about a dramatic moment in your life, the birth of a child, meeting your partner, the death of a family member, etc. etc. Then trash compact it. Take out all the non-essential words. Or maybe take out a lot of the verbs. Try it.


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