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This column builds on that, as I share some of the ideas I've used to help my students write poetry in the classroom.

You may recollect that I'm a playwright and fiction writer, and I enjoy using a varying set of writing prompts for those genres, especially in my Beginning Playwriting class.

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But now a new study shows that readers can see through this.

Daniel Oppenheimer, a psychologist at Princeton, took a handful of writing samples and used a thesaurus to replace the simple words with needlessly flowery ones.

Also, I think writing poetry demystifies the genre a bit (as I mentioned last month, my students approach poetry as though I suggested we slice off our fingertips so as to study blood clotting).

On the other hand, writing poetry does also allow my students to appreciate the craft and skill that goes into doing so; I hear less of "Why doesn't he just of deeply personal stuff to say.

Close 90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.


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