Samuel Taylor Coleridge on the difference betwen prose & poetry

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The young Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

A lesson well-learned by writers of any sort, but especially by those who labor with the pen in  service of the Muses:

“I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is prose; words in their best order; poetry –the best words in the best order.”

-Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1827)

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