Are there any universally recognized guidelines for punctuation in poetry? I too was mildly criticized for not using enough punctuation and now I want to know what is standard practice...if that exists. One of my issue with criticism is I am never sure of the credentials of the critic. Do they posses higher knowledge of meter, structure, grammar, punctuation etc. and is that knowledge based on education of merely experience. I do not doubt the talent of our more seasoned poets but I would like to know the basis for their instruction.
Have you asked them? Do they cite grammar rules? Do they provide links that can assist you learn? Or do you request any of the above?
I will say that self-education isn't to be frowned upon, look at some of the greatest poets who had no college education: Ray Bradbury, Maya Angelou, Truman Capote, Mark Twain, H. G. Wells, Jack London, Augusten Burroughs, Charles Dickens, and so on. . .