Anyone can become a poet, even overnight. Poetry is the free expression a writer writes down. Who is anyone to say - "It's not Poetry" or "It's not good poetry" That place belongs to arrogant critics who put people down in order to raise themselves up based on low self-esteem. Critiques aimed at hurting or discouraging new poets are completely invalid and not worth the paper they are written on. In all walks of life, there are those practising elitism any poet worth their salt should always be humble always be self-deprecating. The first sign of professional arrogance you should run the other way.
So it is too with intellectual snobbery which is simply bullshit. A person who never went to college is equally able to write good poetry as a graduate. It is intellectual snobbery that stops some writers from even trying, they get told they are not good enough or they don't have the right degree it is mindless thinking that allows the pseudo-intellectuals to put themselves at the top of the pile. You are told you must read the classics? WHY? by all means, educate your self on poetry forms and the use of words and grammar, learn about techniques of expression, plot twists, etc learn as little or as much as you can. But be original, break rules, invent new poetry forms and new ways of writing, please do not read the classics and the become a copy cat drowning one like some broken record Keats is Keats, Poe is Poe and you are you. A mentor can be useful on occasion as long as they are never negative and use positive motivation. the moment a mentor expresses negativity or tells you, you are wrong - even if they believe they are being honest then ditch the bitch. You have no further use for them.
everyone is free to be a poet and they have the freedom to use their own voice, their own words, their own intent, their own imagination, their originality is paramount despite what anyone else says.
For encouraging, positive critiques that let you be you go to:
Poetry Medics (The Only DU Official Critique group) and it's Free :-))))))))
Just wow, there is so much in this I disagree with itís so strange because I believe you have the best intentions with it but judgement on quality is subjective, however it also has objective qualities based on language expression, musicality, repetitions, grammar, sonic structures, onomatopoeia, irony, juxtaposition, there are tools to writing poetry that make it objectively better, you donít learn those tools without studying which for the most part involves a lot of reading and thinking. If you treat poetry as an art form and take it as seriously as others then learning the basics and honing those things that have come before will help you break the rules in a way that will resonate
Shoving your fingers in your ears shouting lalalalalalallala youíre just an ivory tower bigot is plain ignorance and stupidity if I suggested any other professional acted in the same manner as you did above
I.e a surgeon
You would probably want to sue the fuck out of them when they botched everything up and killed people
Thatís not to say the have at it approach is a failure in and of itself but quality and talent require work and as with everything you learn first by immitation before self actualisation.
The classics that have been around for hundreds of years have worth because they are still relevant to the human condition that poetry seems to want to express.
You want to try and learn to be a mechanic without pulling engines apart and wonít learn from a teacher youíre going to spend more time failing than actually getting an engine running.
And no negativity..... are you serious? Without the emotional grating from a negative comment what drives you to want to get better? No you sometimes need a good emotional smack upside the head to reorient yourself self flagellation is only useful to yourself
If youíre writing for people you need to understand what will get them to finish reading the piece you want them to make it to the end otherwise you might as well simply keep a diary.
People need to be able to seperate the writing from themselves a critique of writing is different than abuse. And those that canít need to evolve their emotional tolerance to beyond that of a pre-pubescent teenager