Friday, April 30, 2010


On my final post I thought I'd leave you with one of my favorite hobbies (or so it seems)

Revise, Revise, Revise. (Tip #10 from Kara Zeihl-UWEC Junior-2000)

The first completed draft of your poem is only the beginning. Poets often go through several drafts of a poem before considering the work "done."

To revise:

• Put your poem away for a few days, and then come back to it. When you re-read it, does anything seem confusing? Hard to follow? Do you see anything that needs improvement that you overlooked the first time? Often, when you are in the act of writing, you may leave out important details because you are so familiar with the topic. Re-reading a poem helps you to see it from the "outsider's perspective" of a reader.

• Show your poem to others and ask for criticism. Don't be content with a response like, "That's a nice poem." You won't learn anything from that kind of response. Instead, find people who will tell you specific things you need to improve in your poem.

Good advice Ms. Ziehl and thank you for your tips to insure our poetry comes to life.

And, thanks to those who came along with me on this poetry adventure. I do hope you’ve learned something through all the teaching (thank you Mr. Taylor). And, I hope one or more of the posts inspired you to write a piece of poetry.

Poetry begins as a tiny seed planted inside your soul and soon blossoms into a love you can’t quench until you write another magical poem.

Love ya,

PS: See you next year for another Poemapalooza!!!!!

1 comment:

dwanreed said...

Great suggestions. Thanks. I think people often see poetry as free flowing fluff, but just like writing fiction or non, it takes work, revision, and an objective look. Thanks for sharing.