Just recently I joined an internet workshop. The critiques are merciless but I am learning so much about the art of poetry.
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I just read on here an argument about 'defending English' and a discussion on low scores.
If you are going to offer critique then it has to be purely on the writing, not on the intent or content of the subject matter. Otherwise it becomes confused.
Taking 'pot shots' at an author is not critique, it only makes you sound insulting to the author. If you critique a piece of work and cannot explain why based on the literary tools of writing poetry then you should not critique at all, simply say, nice poem I understood your message etc.
If you have anything nice to say then don't say it at all!!
But if you want to critique a piece of work on it's structure, meter, use of cliche, use of abstracts, adjectives and modifiers. Then do it!!
But don't personally assault the author!!! That is NOT critique.
If you disagree with a message of a poem, be it contraversial or not, then you can say so, but I learnt on this site that things can go too far.
Okay, rant over.
Ask not what you can do to poetry, but what poetry can do to you.