Monday, October 31, 2011

here's a critque list garnered from different sites....

Title – appropriate to subject, tone, and genre?

                Does it generate interest

hint at what poems is about?

Subject – what’s the basic situation?

                story interesting

                Who is talking and under circumstance

                [try writing a paraphrase to identify any gaps or confusions.]

shape – what are you appealing to: intellect or  emotions of the reader?

Structure – progression



                Bald assertions

                Are these aspects satisfying integrated?

                Does structure support context?

Tone – what’s your attitude to the subject?

                Is it appropriate to content and audience





Word choice

                Appropriate and uncontrived




                Do you understand each word properly, its common uses and associations?

                Verbs appropriate

                [See if listing the verbs really pushes the poem a long]

                Are words repeated?

                Words set:


                                Emotional rapport


                language sufficiently poetic

poetic techniques contribute to – or detract from – the success of the piece

(e.g. alliteration, onomatopoeia, symbolism, rhyme)


                                Striking but persuasive

                                Adds to unity and power

Metaphor and smile

                                Fresh and convincing

                                Combining on many levels

Rhythm and metre



                                Integrate poem’s structure


poem any good?

more like prose than poetry
is it too long?
Is one section redundant

Is repetition used to good effect or is it a distraction? And that's not simply using the same words but expressing the same idea(s) but in different words.

  • Does the poem rely heavily on clichés or out-of-date and hackneyed expressions?
  • Who's the poem's target audience?
  • Is it relevant?
  • Does the work use esoteric terminology or require specialist knowledge?

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Action
  • Dialogue
  • Background
  • Theme
  • Spelling, grammar, punctuation

  • Originality
  • Communication of Theme

I found this fun list on Author's Den. The author says of it: "I chose the letter 'I' to do this to remind us all that poetry is subjective and so is a critique."

Insight: A poem will often give us insight into a person's thoughts. What does this poem tell you about the poet?

Interpretation: What was your interpretation of the poem? What do you believe the poet meant for you to interpret?

Impact: How did the poem influence you? What impact did it have upon you? Describe from your own perspective remembering that this might not have been what the poet intended. Ideas Comment upon the ideas used. Was the poet original?

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