Read this turd of a paragraph:
For starters, let's see whether anything could be cut without affecting the meaning.
Not of course that there's anything wrong with florid prose. Readers of this blog will know that I will never use one word where fifteen beautiful ones will suffice. But my circumlocutions, my verbosity, my periphrasis and sequipedalianism are all in the cause of entertainment, whereas that paragraph pisses in the face of poetry.