Poetry has an obligation to oppose clichÃ©s. Clichés are the viral carriers of lies. Poetry can do this by rejecting clichÃ© or by analyzing or exploding clichÃ© in its own use of language. The poet -- who certainly does not need to be a maker of verses -- uses one kind of language against another, verbal jujitsu. Making verses(broadly defined) is a discipline that can be employed against clichés; Poetry shares this obligation with other disciplines, but is particularly suited to the work. Poetry ought to make it harder to lie.