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Poetry can mimic any of the other arts.

There are different types of poetry. Some poems are pure, raw emotion. Other poems are stories of action and adventure. Some are vignettes, a portrait of a moment of time. Like painting, poetry can have color and texture and shading. Like sculpture, poetry can have shape. Like architecture, poetry can have structure. Like music, poetry can have cadence and natural melodies and even harmonies. This diversity of expressive capability allows a poet to create powerfully evocative works. As a poet, you should learn enough about the other forms of art to be able to project the characteristics of those forms into poetry. The old saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words, but poetry should be a dense form of writing that can capture the essence of that picture in fifty words.

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