Critiques

Critiques

A Poem by emipoemi

A poem may receive substantial praise,
And soothe the poet with uplifting fans.
A poem may receive substantial pans,
And leave the poet in dismay for days.
The praisers stoke the keen poetic fire,
Some with good cheer, some merely to be kind
From being rather shy to speak their mind,
Aware they could the poet’s wrath inspire.
The panners tear the poems into pieces,
And crush the poets ’til they grow to seed.
Yet they mean well with such a ruthless deed,
Desiring simply to smooth out the creases.
For in the end, though pans seem out of spite,
They but advise and aid to better write.

-"EDP

© 2018 emipoemi



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How true. How very true. As you may have experienced, I'm not without my 'even better if' suggestions. But I don't think I've ever panned - if I really don't rate something I move away and find something I think is worth reading. I always try to balance possible improvement suggestions with positive comments; otherwise why bother to make suggestions. I hate hate hate seeing bland positive feedback without specific reasons. Much as it may hurt, I'd far rather have someone make criticisms - so long as they were constructive and/or specific. And of course, the thing that no reviewer can sometimes know for sure, is what the writer was trying to say or what technique or style they were trying - in such cases the writer can feel justified in thinking "well I know that, but what I actually wanted to get feedback on is ...", and in such situations the reviewer is in real danger of being presumptuous and thinking their own interpretation of the piece is the right one, and feeding back from that perspective. I have slipped into this sometimes, and I'm trying to be more wary of it.

I think your poem sums up all of this very well. You have an interesting 1/4 and 2/3 rhyme structure. And although there is a clear structure and rhythm, it never feels like you've become a slave to rhyme or meter.

Nice work!
Nigel

Posted 8 Months Ago


emipoemi

8 Months Ago

I firmly stand by the maxim: "never rhyme for rhyme's sake", so you can guarantee that every poem of.. read more
Great message, Poet, every poetess and poet should read and heed with a healthy dose of humility and gratitude.
Skillfully rendered, with excellent rhyme, syntax, and imagery in an iambic beat, almost an English Sonnet, except for the abba rhyme scheme (shades of a Petrarchan).
Brings to mind my poem, "The REVIEW" http://www.writerscafe.org/writing/RichardJ/1586806/
If there were anything I could critique it would be to make your presentation a bit more appealing to the eye with larger font, color; perhaps, a picture or illustration to please and entertain.

Especially appreciated and enjoyed … thank you sincerely for sharing your excellent craft! ⁓ Richard : )

Posted 8 Months Ago


emipoemi

8 Months Ago

I'm not too technically savvy to be able to add illustrations and whatnot.....my illustrations are i.. read more
Richard

8 Months Ago

Well,
Let's say I'm a bit more "artsy" than most … LOL!
emipoemi

8 Months Ago

I can agree with you on that - lol!
I liked the rhyming style. And it gives out a significant message to the writers and also the critics. Good job.

Posted 8 Months Ago


emipoemi

8 Months Ago

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.
From being rather shy to speak their mind,
Aware they could the poet’s wrath inspire.
The panners tear the poems into pieces,
And crush the poets ’til they grow to seed."
Such creativity and wisdom this poem holds!
It made me realize how much Critique we need to grow and improve! You have a talent in writing and make the reader feel apart of your poems/stories.
You have a beautiful writing style!

Your friend,

C. Lee Battaglia


Posted 8 Months Ago


emipoemi

8 Months Ago

I'm glad you could learn and relate to my work! Thanks for reading! Much appreciated!

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C. Lee Battaglia

8 Months Ago

No problem! And it was a delightful read. :)
I really enjoyed this and the wisdom that it holds.
I think the timing of the approach is so important.
By timing I mean that a new writer should be encouraged and not critiqued in the same manner as a seasoned writer. Where the are in their journey should determine the way you critique.
You let certain things slide so as to not kill one's confidence. And then ease into feedback delicately.
I suppose that is the way of nurturing.... Personally though, I suck a commenting so can relate with being shy about it.

Posted 8 Months Ago


emipoemi

8 Months Ago

You are indeed correct with that fact that the level of critiques should be equivalent to the writer.. read more
Anise

8 Months Ago

It was my pleasure. :)
Loved the abba cddc effe rhyme sheme.. it's genius feels like a modern sonnet
dear you are as skilled as you are talented.


Posted 9 Months Ago


emipoemi

9 Months Ago

Thank yo so much!! Glad you enjoyed it!
The dynamic of giving and receiving criticism is a very delicate exchange... too often abused from either side. This was a well crafted display of both perspectives.

Posted 9 Months Ago


emipoemi

9 Months Ago

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.
Travis Gibson (poetic heroics)

9 Months Ago

It was a pleasure.
I have one golden rule when reviewing. If I cannot understand a piece, I cannot justify making a comment,as any criticism is probably my lack of "understanding." of deeper meanings. By the same token I would only block a reviewer who was a deliberate troll. Corrections of typos etc indicate that , the reviewer has,at least, taken the trouble to read for which I should be grateful.
You poem shows a well balanced approach to to this perennial problem.


Posted 9 Months Ago


emipoemi

9 Months Ago

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.
WOW! This is such a sot on piece written on a very important subject, Emi! :) I applaud you for writing this.
As I've always said and believed, and I still repeat it here: 'There's a vast difference between 'Constructive' and 'Destructive' criticism, and ironically, it it mostly the ones who should know that difference are exactly the ones who are just so unaware of it!

As a reviewer, we all have the right to express and criticize a piece, but it is our duty to ensure, that its a 'constructive ' criticism, i.e it has to be criticized with and for solid reasons...or better it shouldn't be criticized . Also, a criticism has to be about the content, and not the person, and the topic that they write upon ...Nobody can like everything all the time, and its completely alright! and nobody should instruct others on what to write, and what not to.(WE all write and post our pieces here in the right & wise state of mind, which knows what shouldn't be posted :D)

Criticizing a person or their piece, or the subject they write on, is easy..but a person is intended to critique the other writers work here, and if that's exactly what they don't do, their reviews are worth being ignored, and if the same goes on and on..those people are good to be 'blocked' for this stupidity, because honestly, that's not this place is exactly for! :)

Thankyou for writing and sharing this piece, Happy Writing to you! :)




Posted 9 Months Ago


0 of 1 people found this review constructive.

emipoemi

9 Months Ago

Funny enough, I actually wrote this piece as a statement when someone blocked me some years ago simp.. read more
Saumya

9 Months Ago

Blocking is yet another 'Longer' topic to be discussed here, Emily :) But know this for now, that so.. read more
I quite like this. Writing, acting, and creating, are all subjective fields, and everyone has an opinion. What is good for one, is not quite right for the other. When you put yourself out here, you open yourself up for failure. Doing so is a brave deed. See, your poem inspires thought. That makes this a job well done.

Posted 9 Months Ago


emipoemi

9 Months Ago

Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it....(and that it got you thinking lol)

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