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Poetry in practice

Poets should create images, not spell things out, says Doris Corti

That phrase ‘show don’t tell’ was something I was constantly told during all my sessions at writing classes and the various poetry groups I have joined over the years.

I must confess that for a long time I was unsure of what it actually meant. I wonder how many would-be writers/poets have had this said to them? I suppose some of you, like me, probably think you are showing when actually you are telling.

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