I do like your idea also of the readers coming out and asking the poet what he or she was trying to accomplish with a particular image or line. Great idea! I had never thought of that before.
Well, Mag, for the most part, when people post on the internet super highway, whether it be here or any other website, they are posting as if they are standing up on stage. They're not looking for tomatoes to be thrown at them or an analysis of their work discussed. They just want applause. Truly.
In my experience as an on-line writer, it is usually undesirable to critique poetry.
It is my opinion that poetry is an indivisible, un-analyzable, one-time statement on the part of the poet, and as such, I refuse to critique poetry beyond 'I liked it' or 'It didn't do anything for me' ...
Generally speaking, I personally opt out of hard critiquing poetry forums, because I don't want to have to defend a poem...and often that is what it turns in to.
The problem with critiquing poetry is that we have ideas of what makes a bad poem, but those ideas - unlike in prose - are completely, utterly subjective. We just don't always realize it.
There is no such thing as "bad grammar" or "bad storytelling" in poetry.
Why would anybody say that? I would argue that most critiques don't really help the individual poem, but what they do do is increase one's awareness of the power of words and how they work.
Of course not. Why would anybody say that? I would argue that most critiques don't really help the individual poem, but what they do do is increase one's awareness of the power of words and how they work.
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