Phrases to forever expunge from your critiques
#1
"I liked it"

"I can relate"

"Good flow"

"I feel your pain"

"I don't like [this kind of] poetry"

"Good description"

... and those are just from the last day or so's pile of comments... aaargh!

Please. There are plenty of links around the place that explain why and how to give good critique. If you think you can write a poem but don't think you're qualified to read and comment on others in a meaningful fashion, then you can't write a poem. Simple as that. We see evidence of that every single day.

What comments make you cringe?
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#2

"Personally, I prefer punctuation."

"This reads like prose."

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#3
(09-01-2014, 04:58 AM)rayheinrich Wrote:  "Personally, I prefer punctuation."
The only redeeming feature of that statement is that it's alliterative. Personally, I prefer whatever works for the poem, as long as it doesn't show a complete and utter lack of knowledge about anything.

(09-01-2014, 04:58 AM)rayheinrich Wrote:  "This reads like prose."
What, left to right? :p
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#4
"This poem is gay."
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#5
What comments do you adore?

"Your poem, in not evidencing a complete and utter lack of knowledge about anything, transcends it."

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#6
"i like it as is. i wouldn't change a thing."

argh.
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(09-02-2014, 01:08 AM)cjchaffin Wrote:  "i like it as is. i wouldn't change a thing."

argh.
oh good lord, that may just be the worst ever... empty praise gives me hives
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#8

"Is English your first language?"
(If so, you should consider making it your second.)

"Your's is a profound poem."
(Confirming, as it does, the futility of human existence.)

"Your poem is unforgettable."
(To the extent that intrusive memories are symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.)

"Probably the most insupposably cryptic poem I've ever attempted to read."
(Where's Pythia when I need her, or should I concede to Pyrrho?)

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#9
"You should consider counseling."
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#10
well, we must believe there is a point a poem can reach when it really is just fine as it is. i know the poster wants to improve it. but maybe the writer knew well enough what he/she was doing and it came out great. at that point we should say what we liked about it, i know. i guess the problem with "i really like it" is it risks being viewed as flattery. i personally can't bare to type flattery. if i ever said i really liked it, i really did. but i will try to give more than that in the future.
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(09-02-2014, 08:35 AM)danny_ Wrote:  well, we must believe there is a point a poem can reach when it really is just fine as it is...

It's called "Exhaustion".

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(09-02-2014, 06:13 AM)rayheinrich Wrote:  
"Is English your first language?"
(If so, you should consider making it your second.)I like this comment....can't [put my finger on why that should be!

"Your's is a profound poem."
(Confirming, as it does, the futility of human existence.)

"Your poem is unforgettable."
(To the extent that intrusive memories are symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.)

"Probably the most insupposably cryptic poem I've ever attempted to read."
(Where's Pythia when I need her, or should I concede to Pyrrho?)

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#13
i think i'm a regular user of all or most of those phrase.........i shall now leave the room Blush
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#14
I use a lot of them too billy, I'll join your club!
But really I think the issue is when people say stuff like that... and stop there. You don't, nor do I, so maybe we're ok? ;p
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(09-03-2014, 02:06 AM)justcloudy Wrote:  I use a lot of them too billy, I'll join your club!
But really I think the issue is when people say stuff like that... and stop there. You don't, nor do I, so maybe we're ok? ;p

Yes, I agree with you. Even the "I like your poem." is perfectly
acceptable if followed by a why.

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#16
that's what i'm hoping, i'm sure it is, Big Grin
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#17
"I agree with everything that has been said."

That is not only unlikely but it in no way tells the poster what you feel are the strong and weak points. IMO the poem has more of a chance for improvement when each critique is specific.

rant over. Big Grin
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#18
"zomg best p0em evar 4 real u r my 1dol wat"
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#19

"Wonderful poem! You've proven once again, it's what's left out that counts."

"Mercifully short."

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#20
It made my hearty sore...er soar.

One of the best I've read.

It has a soft meaning.

It's depth invigorates me.

It makes me thrill.

I know it must be from your heart as it touches me so much.

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