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    Poems Ranked 1-10 Here

    Post your poem here. I will rank it and give as much critique as I think it is worth or as I am able, using the all time masters as a standard. By that standard even a 1 is not so bad. But a 10 means your poem could sneak into an anthology of Greatest English poems. An 8 would probably get you into an anthology of modern greats. A 6 is a solid poem, it just does not sneak into an anthology of greats, yet is in the neighborhood of being good enough for publishing in small magazines or local journals. As low as 4 might be enough for this. Remember, our standard is an all time great poem, which seems hardly fair at first. The fair part is that you never really have to feel bad when you understand your poem has been judged against the likes of Jenny Kissed Me or Sailing To Byzantium.

    I do not see any actual contest with the poetry contests, so I think a ranking for individual poems is better than nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desiresjab View Post

    I do not see any actual contest with the poetry contests, so I think a ranking for individual poems is better than nothing.
    I see the contests more as prompts, but there are judges and they change with each contest. The winner of the previous contest becomes the next judge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YesNo View Post
    I see the contests more as prompts, but there are judges and they change with each contest. The winner of the previous contest becomes the next judge.
    Come right here if you want a quick, honest appraisal and critique. The contests are too roundabout and polite, too numerous and scattered, to be of much central reference.

    I will not dilly-dally. I'll get the job done so you can get back to work. I will rate anything from an aphorism to a fifty line poem acccording to its genre.

    More honest and personal than a magazine and a lot faster.
    Last edited by desiresjab; 04-22-2016 at 07:33 AM.

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    That´s a good idea. There ought to be something similar for short stories.
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    A limerick:

    I once tried to make my own pasta,
    But it all ended up in disaster.
    The eggs fell on the floor,
    Oh darn, dash it all
    Let the ants then eat it for supper.

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    Pushing a rating of 3.7 for this limerick. The opening couplet is cute and strong with the off center rhyme, but it goes downhill from there. Very little metric feel. Only knowledge of the form keeps one on rhythmic course while reading. A successful limerick needs to be driven by its well known cadence. This limerick departs too far from that cadence. I would suggest a lot of revision, though young children might enjoy this limerick as is. Below might represent an improvement. The revision below might squeak out a 4. Whether it is any good or not, the point is do not be afraid to revise big and hard. It is still not precisely on form but does have more the feel of a limerick IMO.

    I once tried to make my own pasta,
    But it all ended up in disaster
    With eggs on the floor
    And me out the door!
    Let the ants eat pasta for supper.

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    As a further experiment in narrowing to form, you could try something like:

    I once tried to make my own pasta,
    But it all ended up in disaster
    With eggs on the floor
    And me out the door
    And the ants enjoying my pasta!

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    One more possible change.

    I once tried to make my own pasta,
    But it all ended up in disasta'
    With eggs on the floor
    And me out the door
    And the ants enjoying my pasta!

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    Note: Possibly change pronoun in last line to "their."

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    Send only your best, folks--do not be ashamed to admit that--which have been worked and reworked. I would rather evaluate than doctor. Only your best can possibly acheive a decent mark against the all time greats.

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    oh yours was much better. I was so focused on the last words rhyming I didn't think about cadence. That makes it much harder.

    How about this Limerick of a Scot joke, which I suppose again lacks cadence;

    McNab rips out the old wallpaper,
    At last! You'll renovate her!
    "Nay, I got a new hoose,
    So I'm pulling this loose
    Which I'll paste on my new walls later."

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    Quote Originally Posted by fajfall View Post
    oh yours was much better. I was so focused on the last words rhyming I didn't think about cadence. That makes it much harder.

    How about this Limerick of a Scot joke, which I suppose again lacks cadence;

    McNab rips out the old wallpaper,
    At last! You'll renovate her!
    "Nay, I got a new hoose,
    So I'm pulling this loose
    Which I'll paste on my new walls later."
    About a 3. It takes a lot to make a limerick into anything. I don't want to do all limericks.

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    Maybe a little higher, like 3.7, because the rhymes are much better than in the last one.

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