A good first line. Something that will draw you into the poem, but not make you wonder what the heck (s)he is going on about. I like poems that don't take hours to understand, but have split-explanations.
I'd say that there are two main things I try to focus on and look for when reading poetry but they seem to go hand-in-hand. I mainly focus on detail of a poem, how in depth it can get - but with how much ease the poem can do it.
The second thing I focus on is how I can relate. How can I relate to this poem? It doesn't have to be something that's happened to me necessarily, but I remember a lot. I've remembered situations upon situations of stories of friends of families of etc. etc. etc. that I've thought about. It's a very big and interesting world, with so many things in it - so many situations. I don't have to suffer through a specific situation to feel their suffering, or in all lights - their happiness, gratitude, anxiousness, longing, and so forth.
I think these two go hand-in-hand, like I said, because I think if I'm looking for how I can relate to a poem then I will have to analyze the details of the poem itself.
I agree completely with Indigital.. I love poetry, but if I cannot figure out what the author is talking about in the first couple of sentences I stop reading it.
I look for elaborate succinctness mixed with detailed vagueness.
Poems that I can picture it in my mind and speak through real emotion.
Rhymes, Rhymes, Rhymes
Feel, Feel, Feel
Flow, Flow, Flow
If it's a rhyming poetry I immediately look for originality in the rhyme. If it's not original I don't read it.
I look for word power and arrangement. Voice and flow.
I love poetry that I can see. Imagery in poems is so important to me. I love to see and hear the words that the author uses to describe the scenario in the poem.
I also love poetry that has a form--I am a big fan of "white space" in poems, so I look for structure and form that is pleasing to my eyes. It's a bonus if the shape actually holds meaning.
by Cathy6 years ago
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