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How would you argue that a poem is the perfect form of expression?

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In my opinion, poetry's main competition as a form of expression is prose.  

Because prose is your main competition, you are going to need to focus on the negatives of prose and focus on the positives of poetry.  With that said though, do not completely ignore the positive things that prose does.  If you begin your essay by saying that prose is horrible, you risk alienating your reader.  You do not want a reader on the defensive.  Start with a thesis statement that admits the positives of prose while stating that poetry is superior.  For example: "Although prose is a solid form of expression, poetry is a far superior form of written expression."  

The above thesis is specific in its intent, but it is broad enough to allow the body of your essay to...

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