Critiquing someone writing a poem
I've had best results meeting regularly with a group of poets whose company and work I enjoy.
Poetry critique example
But there's always some way to approach this in terms of the strengths and weaknesses of the poem, and that will communicate better. Are those repetitions effective or redundant? Most people who hate the very idea of critiquing received it mixed in with early teaching. You can also issue a disclaimer letting the writer know that some of the elements in his or her work are not to your personal taste. Did they use symbolism, irony, metaphors or similes? When others are critiquing your work, the most useful things you can say are requests that a critic clarify something you don't understand. Know when you don't understand something and don't be ashamed to say so. When they were just beginning to grope for the nerve to think it might be barely okay for them to express themselves, someone took a critical look at their crude work. The main benefit an artist gets from criticism is increased ability to view his own work from the viewpoint of its audience. Does the poem end effectively, in the right spot, with the right language? The ability to assume the viewpoint s of our audience. If the poem is personal, does it rise above the purely individual and become more widely relevant? If you receive critiquing from a single teacher, his opinion becomes excessively weighty. And after all, what do we seek from critiquing?
How can you tell a good poem from a bad poem? What suggestions can you give the poet? Different groups have different atmospheres and prejudices.
Always start with the strengths, then address the weaknesses and problem areas using positive language. It not only weakened the poem, but in some cases stopped me writing for a time.
Poetry criticism examples
Perhaps his virulence even if not directed at the poet being critiqued is troubling, the sense that he's fighting off invisible enemies on all sides. The game is getting another's viewpoint, not solidifying one's own. Criticism becomes useful to an artist when he's producing in volume and has attention on improving the products. It's usually safe to praise what you like. If your critique partner asks specific questions, you should answer, but try to avoid back-and-forth arguments and getting into a position where you are defending your critique or where the writer is defending his or her work. Since we consider each other professionals and like each other's work overall, there's no need to waste time on excessive politeness. Still, there's something liberating perhaps confusing at first about seeing one's poem evoke such a variety of contradictory responses. Give your impression and stress that it's a first impression. The ability to write a quality critique is a skill, and just like all types of writing, it is a skill that requires thought and practice. He's not criticizing the quality of the poems, but implicitly the poet's choosing to write about certain subjects or in certain forms, etc. When a group of people all have in common an interest in poetry, what could be more natural than communication about their common interest?
Maybe I accepted it to please someone influential or because I could see no good argument against it. Balance Your Criticism Make your criticisms constructive and be generous in your praise.
Did it leave you thinking about its theme after you were done reading it? A poet who has experienced sound critiquing is surer of himself and less daunted by the sloppy criticism the world inflicts on every artist. Did the words roll off your tongue?
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