There is a debate as to whether some one can even do "exercises" in poetry as a flautist does on the flute. James Fenton says no--whenever you start writing a poem (whatever your intention), you are writing it for real. I have found, in my experience, that such exercises are not only possible in poetry but useful. I would take a passage of, say, "The Aeneid," and do everything I could to take that dead language with all of its archaic tropes and figures and make it something vital in contemporary English.
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