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Honest critique doesn't have to be brutal! Choosing your words carefully and giving constructive critique is work! I understand that. Sometimes we forget that this is a poetry workshop site. Please
make it your business to give good critique, do not undervalue the worth of a little hard work in giving advice to your fellow poets. It seems that we have the same problem over and over again. That is in giving honest, careful critique. There is a good deal of satisfaction in helping a fellow poet with more than typos and giving a writer a boost to their ego. Yes, we all are here to garner some praise for our efforts; anyone who says different is deceiving themselves! There are some of us here that feel that we are not qualified to give critique to those whose work seems perfect and where we don't feel we know enough to qualify to give good advice. Give those "perfect" poets a pat on the back and go to a work where you know that they will benefit from your experience or maybe point them in the right direction to someone who can properly evaluate what they have written.

the prawn sat on limpid lettuce
nothing could be duller
light grey, it;s legs were all askew
all whiff but not much colour

mother called it 'turd on a plate'
as though some fancy name
'use it for bait' she would say
of course, I was to blame

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"There are some of us here that feel that we are not qualified to give critique to those whose work seems perfect and where we don't feel we know enough to qualify to give good advice."

Everyone who reads a poem is qualified to critique it. It doesn't matter what you know about poets or poetry what matters is what you felt when you read it. The poet really wants to know. If there was something about it that 'didn't feel right', just say so, if you can explain it, fine, if not, well let the poet figure it out!

It is more important to us to know what doesn't work than what does.

cheers,
Jess
Neopoet is a workshop. Poets take the time to read and think about your work and offer suggestions.
There is no obligation to make any changes however please acknowledge critique and comments.

For some reason most people think all critique must be negative in nature. But this is not correct. If you read something you really like sit back a bit and try to figure out Why you liked it. Then relay why to the writer. Critique has as much to do with learning what works as it does with what doesn't

The negative connotations that the word critique gives off, is something that we as poets and readers must try to get past. I guess that most of us that give "comments" are trying not to sound negative.
I think that you bring a very valid point and we should always be prepared to give reasons we "like" a poem when we feel that it has moved us in some way.

Please acknowledge critique and comments.
They are a vital part of our community!
Critique or comment today!

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but really all we ask is honest feedback on what you felt and thought reading the poems.

cheers,
Jess
Neopoet is a workshop. Poets take the time to read and think about your work and offer suggestions.
There is no obligation to make any changes however please acknowledge critique and comments.

Even honest feed back requires knowing what one feels and expressing those feelings by way of thinking. All levels of poetic venture requires all levels of feeling and thinking..all the degrees..all the wisdom of lack thereof. It all must be valid or there will be those who are or at least feel left out. All degrees of knowledge, time, experience (wisdom) needs to be valid. We cover it all or soon will with the Lab and stream in one site.
No poem will be left behind, nor any member (for lack of experience).
Joy and Peace,

~Mark~

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