What is poetry

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Now, what is poetry? If you say it is simply a matter of words, i will say: a good poet gets rid of words. If you say it is simply a matter of meaning, i will say: a good poet gets rid of meaning. But, you say if words and meaning are gotten rid of, where is poetry? to this i reply, get rid of words and meaning, and there is still poetry. - 3000 years of Chinese poetry, edited by Wu-Chi Liu and Irving Yuch