Better pleasure than pain.
Better a cemetery than a hospital.
Better the campus than the classroom.
Better dreams than sleep.
Better that I write the poem than think about writing it.
Better that I recite the poem than write it.
Not telling you the truth is better
than revealing truth that makes nothing better.
Pleasures are best when found accidentally.
Better that pleasure be given than received –
though giving can mean receiving, which is even better.
This poem uses anaphora and epistrophe. Anaphora simply means the repetition of the same word (or cluster of words) at the beginning of multiple lines of verse in the same poem. Epistrophe is its counterpart: the repeated words appear at the end of lines. It also uses symploce which is when successive lines contain both an anaphora and an epistrophe.