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On Writing Poetry

Michael Zack, MD, FCCP
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Correspondence to: Michael Zack, MD, 101 Main St, Suite 110, Medford, MA 02155; e-mail: mbzack@aol.com



Chest. 2008;133(1):294-295. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1365
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What is “best” or “good” in poetry? Although one could present a primer on rhyme, simile, meter, and other didactic attributes of contemporary poetry, such is not the purpose of this new section of CHEST “Pectoriloquy”. In writing good poetry there are many degrees of freedom with respect to these tools of poetic writing. As in the visual arts, theatrical arts, and musical arts, there are numerous ways to achieving “good,” all allowable and all equally respectable.

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