Poetry workshop

As a reminder, successful portfolios include five rough drafts, three of which have been revised into final drafts. One of the final drafts should be a formal poem.

  • Which parts of which poem seem redundant or verbose? Which line or stanza breaks are likely to help readers through the poem? Why?
  • Where might efforts to rhyme lead to confusion? Where might images replace an effort to rhyme?
  • Quote a good example of an image in the poem. Do the poems avoid editorializing that distracts from the images?
  • Quote obvious clichés. Quote interesting figurative language.
  • Which parts of the poem need punctuation to communicate clearly?
  • With the questions above in mind, are the poems creative? Which parts of the poem are most likely to engage readers’ attention? Which are less likely?