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Create a frisson.

According to the Second College Edition Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, the word “Frisson” means “A shudder or shiver, as of excitement, fear, or pleasure.” There’s nothing quite like that feeling caused by a song, story, or poem. Remember sitting around a campfire out in the woods and swapping ghost stories when you were a kid? Remember how the goose pimples walked across your arms as you shivered in fear and delight at the stories? Can you create that kind of atmosphere in a poem?

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