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According to Deanna Troi, "Poetry is an art form that uses words, put together in new and unexpected ways, sometimes in rhyme." (TNG: "Dark Page")

In 2258 of the alternate reality, Spock justified his hypothesis that Nero had time traveled into the past by giving the quote, "If you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Leonard McCoy then sarcastically remarked, "How poetic." (Star Trek)

Frustrated with Spock's uncharacteristically whimsical description of an unknown phenomenon's effects on USS Enterprise's instrument readings in 2267, James T. Kirk told him, "I want facts, not poetry." (TOS: "The Alternative Factor")

In 2268, Garth dismissed Marta's assertion that she wrote poetry as lies, asking her to recite a poem she'd written. (TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy")

In 2285, following Spock's death, Kirk quoted from A Tale of Two Cities, a book the Vulcan had given him earlier ("It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.") Carol Marcus asked him if he was quoting from a poem. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

By 2369, Data had scheduled special "poetry readings" for his fellow crew members to attend. (TNG: "Schisms")

Types of poems Edit

Poems "The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay" and "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" were both referred to in the final draft script of TOS: "Charlie X", but neither of them are in the final version of that episode.

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