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Although sometimes, e.g. in The Hollow Men, the poem is short enough to be practically built up on those phrases. And, alright, Four Quartets isn't a short poem by any means, yet most of it reads as elegantly unfolded haikus. But you know what I mean.

Anyway, here's in one from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
of insidious intent.



"Tedious argument of insidious intent" is one of those phrases that, by precisely describing something, defines in your mind a new concept that slightly changes how you perceive the world; it gives a label to something, and hence (subjectively speaking) creates something new. That's the magic trick of poetry, mathematics, and pretty much all conceptual work in science.

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