Advice for undergraduates re-submitting work for this semester’s poetry module
If you see a cliché kill it dead.
Don’t use rhyme for rhyme’s sake, red.
Steer clear of obscure abstraction,
it will drive your lecturer to distraction.
Want to piss of him or her?
Then use a t’will, a t’was, a t’were.
All good things in moderation
applies in particular to alliteration
which when wildly wielded will
wind one up and make one ill.
At this point I’ll interject,
that it should only be used for deliberate effect.
As for rhythm don’t get me started
Please, avoid extra long lines which jut out miles further than the rest of the poem, these lines probably should be split and parted.
Oh and never say the same thing twice.
Don’t be an oxymoron all your life.
No tormented soul or bleeding heart,
this makes my nervous twitching start.
Show me, show me, please don’t tell.
Follow this advice and all will be well.
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