I totally forgot to mention! pixiepot made us a shiny new group avatar! Please go shower her in love.
It seems that a one week submission period is simply not enough time for the group to get a good number of submissions and also a good number of comments each week. I understand because even I am having a tough time keeping up with everything! So, I've changed the guidelines to reflect our new 2-week schedule. Submissions will be open a total of ten days, or until we reach 25 pieces. Comments will be open 14 days. I think this will work out better for everyone involved. Please let me know what you think!
How This Works
If you wish to submit work:
First, read our guidelines. Any submission that does not adhere to the guidelines will be rejected.
If you have Poetry that you feel is ready for critique, submit it to our Featured Gallery. Your request will be reviewed within 48 hours. Remember, the submission cut-off is Saturday, March 17th so get your work in quickly!
Comment on another piece in the featured gallery within three days of your submission and leave a direct link to your comment in this blog. (FAQ #14: How do I create a link to a specific comment?)
If you wish to be entered in the points drawing:
First, read our guidelines.
Comment on as many pieces in our Featured Gallery as you wish.
Leave a link to each comment in this blog. (FAQ #14: How do I create a link to a specific comment?) You may leave multiple links in a single comment.
If you submitted to the featured gallery this week your first comment does NOT count toward the points drawing. You must make and link to at least one other to be entered in the drawing.
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"There is a lack of feedback for literature here on DA. Our mission is to change this. We are focused on giving literature the attention it deserves by critiquing and commenting. We encourage our members to join in and start giving feedback turning comments like "Wow" into "Wow, what I really liked about it was...". We also want to give our members the tools to become a better writer, editor, and critic."
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Project Educate: Visual and Concrete PoetryAs a part of projecteducate, the literature gallery moderators will be posting news articles regarding the literature community and gallery here on deviantART as well as literature in general, covering various topics that we feel deserve more exposure. This article will go over two rather misunderstood genres of poetry here on dA: visual and concrete.
Visual poetry is a genre of poetry where the poem itself is placed within an image (or is functioning as part of the image), helping to strengthen the value and meaning of both the image and the poem itself. A common misconception of visual poetry is that any poem can be placed on any image and that makes the work visual poetry. However, the main strength of a good visual poem is that interaction of the image and the text, where one is reliant on the other in order to function best.
Another use of the visual poetry galleries here on deviantART that users have really jum
Olfactory Poetry: A Definitive EssayThe sense of smell is often neglected in literature. The problem lies in the limits of words, at least in English. The words used to describe smell are poor and vague, even when relying on synaesthesia and the inclusion of other senses. The difficulty in expressing an experience of smell result in descriptions related to the sense being indirect and indefinite, the inclusion of them merely for symbolism or the suggestion of a mood.
The main problem lies in that we cannot adequately create an impression of smells. The term 'imagery' reflects our basic tendency to visualize everything we see.
But I want to focus on olfactory poetry, or rather, the fact that there is none. There are examples of poetry that deal with the other senses: visual poetry that evokes sight; sound poetry that deals with hearing; haptic poetry that attempts touch; there's no gustatory poetry yet, but I imagine that its development will be linked with olfactory poetry. The experiences of smell and taste are closely
Haiku Theory Part 1 -2009-A Lot of Words About A Little Poem:thumb77509934:
An Introduction to Haiku Structures
A haiku poem cannot be defined according to the number of syllables and lines it contains (nor by the number of syllables in each line). Although I do not wish to go into the reasons why at this point (I will save that for a later discussion) the form of modern English haiku, as Haruo Shirane writes, is a short poem, usually written in one to three lines. (in Gilbert, 2009) At this point our definition sounds very vague. If the number of syllables and lines do not define a haiku poem, then what does? And if a haiku poem is simply a short one, two or three-line poem then what separates it from other forms of Western short-verse or, in the case of one-line haiku, a sentence?
Patricia Donegan writes, in agreement with the Western haiku community at large, that syllable counting... is not the important thing for haiku in English. Haiku is an experience, not an act of co
Critiquing Themes in LitCRITIQUING THEMES AND MEANING IN LITERATURE
By M. Alice Chown
If you were a caveperson gazing up at the night sky, you'd search the stars and the blackness between for a meaning. The constellations, which are based on myths handed down by the ancient Greeks, stand as examples of our innate desire to find a message in a medium.
It's human nature to seek meaning. Our brains naturally fill in missing information to perceive order and sense even where none may exist. Likewise, during the act of reading, our brains try to find meaning beyond that which is expressed by the individual words. It's difficult to read the following without mentally imbuing the neologisms with meaning:
"'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe."
--First stanza of the nonsense poem, "Jabberwocky", from "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", 1872, by Le
Poetry AnalysisI wanted to study English Lit without learning pages of notes by heart. I decided that the appreciation of Wordsworth was a necessary part of my education. I heard that by reading poetry I could improve my own poetry. Typing 'colon-doubleyou-oh-doubleyou-colon' whenever one of my favourite poets on deviantART put up new work seemed unoriginal. I thought it would be cool to be one of those smart people who read poetry for fun.
Perhaps you can relate to some of those situations. Perhaps you're wondering why those five statements belong in the same paragraph. Those five sentences describe a few non-fatal problems that can be solved by learning to analyse poetry. I would've included a fatal problem if I could think of one, but poetry analysis doesn't seem to be that high on anybody's list of priorities.
The first thing you need to do is to make sure you know why you're analysing whichever poem you've chosen to analyse. If you're writing a critique, you need to be aware of flaws in the poem
The Critic's Toolkit: LitThe Critic's Toolkit: Literature Edition
Critique, the examination or analysis of a work of art (in our case, a written work of course), can be an enjoyable, educational experience for both the critic and the author. If that sounds like something a teacher would say to you about a subject that makes you alternately fall asleep or want to throw up, don't despair, because it can actually be a great experience. You just need some tools to help you.
The main component to many critiques of beginner's work tends to be technical. This can be as basic as misspellings and punctuation errors, which can be an easy thing for you to put in your critique in order to give it more substance, but the technical aspect can also take on a wider scope. Technical critique can examine sentence structure in terms of general readability and how clearly an idea is portrayed, to even the metaphoric and the way imagery was used.
If you know of more great guides to poetry or critique, submit them to our favorites gallery!