Footballers need strength, pace, stamina, vision, individual skills and team skills. These are used in combination, but best practised one at a time.

Poetry delights the eye, ear, heart and mind. Wordplay has always been one way used by poets to reach the parts that other methods don't reach. There's more to wordplay than rhyming - anagrams, riddles, puns and crossword clues have all been used. However, readers often feel that wordplay should have a subordinate role, that language shouldn't be (to use the current jargon) foregrounded. They feel that giving wordplay the leading role would be just playing with words: juggling a football rather than scoring a goal.

Have a look at the following extracts. Do you like them? Would you call them poems? To what extent are they just playing with words?

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Tim Love, July 1996.