A group of four sentences - written by Thomas Paine - that would qualify as some of the best poetry ever in my book. The simplicity of the statement and the difference in it as it is stated each way is blindingly beautiful. Nothing I write here can do justice to what Paine created - so here goes nothing.

Times like these try men's souls.
How trying it is to live in these times!
These are trying times for men's souls.
Soulwise, these are trying times.

I picked this up from William Zinsser's On Writing Well. Everybody should read it.