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A Challenge to J-Z -- and anyone else here who might find it fun to imitate Byron, Yeats, et. al.

I challenge you, J-Z, to write some verse that has
a filled capacity to make a woman swoon
and fires desire in her to run headlong into
your arms, all breathless, sighing with her love for you .

Now this would mean you’d have to fill your measured lines
for once with true erotic charm, avoid cliches,
and also then eschew the awkward phrasings and
the rhymes predictable and dull you’re wont to place
inside the dreary lines you set upon the page.

Now given that you’ve claimed to be a writer who
has mastered every grace that gilded poets from
a former time exhibited, you surely should
be able to produce a thing or two that shows
you know just how to scribe a piece that rivals or
fits hand in glove with what they penned when they composed
the vivid, living poetry on love they did.
Baldwin
Written by Baldwin
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Author's Note
J-Z's claim that he writes poetry in the style of, and just as well as, the pre-free verse English poets.
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