What is the definition of "Cliche" in poetry? Do you have to be bizarre, complex, and uncommon to be original and genuine when writing poetry?

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Sep 1, 2016

A cliche implies that the expression is worn out through frequent and casual use e.g. 'sugar-sweet', 'my honey pie', 'a really smashing movie', 'an awesome event', 'a sickening blow'.


Cliches can sometimes be revived by using them in unusual contexts or variations. 'He sugared his threats with a show of politeness'. 'The child looked up in awe at his hero standing before him.' 'As slyly as a chameleon, the elderly teacher glanced at the delinquent.'