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Regarding Robert L. Gale’s letter “Prose Isn’t Poetry” (April 5): The traditional formats and elements of poetry should be respected and admired when displayed in the composition of a beautiful work. Certainly, even free verse poetry has some slight expectations in element. However, Mr. Gale was a bit harsh and elitist when he suggested that the Rev. Vance Torbert III try “at least a limerick.”

With all due respect to Robert Gale’s academic achievements and knowledge, I suggest that nobody be discouraged from creative expression in verse form — even if it turns out to be prose in disguise.

GEOFF REIDELL
Crafton


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