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  • (4/6/2014 2:56:00 AM)

    Hi colin,

    I just read this poem and thought I'd write a review on it. The concept is great, it also has some nice imagery and the emotion is left too, and with some editing I believe this piece will be made a lot stronger.

    Firstly: It is very difficult to write poems with three line stanzas because it affects the flow of the feet and meters as three line stanzas make it difficult to maintain a constant rhythm. Writing with four meter stanzas will help maintain an even rhythm and will also help keep a constant rhyme scheme.

    Secondly: If a poet tries to maintain a constant number of feet in each meter, this will help him in writing strong stanzas, although he may alternate the feet in the stanzas, or even make them uneven but this should only be done once the poet has developed his skills in rhyme and rhythm.

    I don’t know what you intended when structuring this piece as it is difficult to tell for sure how a poet wants a poem to read except by hearing the poem being read. But I feel from the angle of the page, if you applied these two tips they would greatly help improve you writing.

    Keep up the work.

  • POEM: Methodic by Michael Hylton (11/27/2010 7:23:00 AM)

    Thank you R.H. Peat for taking the time to read my work.
    I don't know much about you or your work, but not all poetry is written about being alive or the human condition, and if they all were, then it wouldn't be every exciting to read.

    The point of this piece it just to try and show the techniques and figures a poet may use to make his work more interesting.

    Try looking up alliteration, apostrophe, assonance, metaphor, simile, hyperbole consonance, full rhyme, off rhyme, maybe this might help you understand the art of poetry a little better.

    Sorry you didn't like, but that's OK.