When responding to a peer's poem, please do the following:
Copy the following and fill in the blanks:
Number ____ is editing __________'s poem entitled " ______."
Then answer the following questions. Make sure you number your responses appropriately.
1. Does it have a title? If yes: Is it a good one? Why/why not? If no: Offer the author some suggestions for a good title.
2. Does the first stanza/few lines catch your attention or make you want to keep reading? Why/why not? Describe what the author does well in the first stanza/first few lines, AND/OR give the author some suggestions to improve the poem's beginning.
3. Does the piece provide enough imagery? Indicate the parts that need more development.
4. Indicate any parts that need clarification (confusing parts).
5. Indicate the BEST line or section of the poem and explain your choice. In other words, tell the author what (s)he did best.
6. Indicate that parts of the poem that need the MOST work, then offer the author some suggestions for improvement.
7. Is the poem's ending effective? Do you feel that the piece is truly finished, or is the ending too abrupt? Discuss and offer the author some suggestions for improvement.
8. What, in your opinion, is the poem's theme/message? Does the title fit the message of the poem? Discuss why or why not.
9. Identify any poetics used (for example, metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, personification, imagery, tone), then discuss which one(s) the author utilizes the best.
10. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best), how would you rate this poem?