Writer states the genre of the work, and their plans for it. If it is a continuing piece give a short synpsis of what has already taken place. The author may ask for clarification after teh critque or answe questions directly addressed to them, but may not defend or explain the piece while the critique is being given.
WHAT ARE THE OVER ALL STRENGTHS?
BE AWARE OF:
Point of View: Is is consistent? Does it flow? Is is clear?
Pacing: does it involve the reader immediately? Is the action progression slow or quick? Does it have drawing power? Is it non-stop action or character development driven? How long does it take to develop (gradual or right now)?
Setting: Does it create an atmosphere? Is attention paid to detail? Is location believable?
Development: Is it logical? Can the reader follow the narrative? Is it consistent? Does it build or is it scattered?
Characterization: Do charaters have depth and emotion? Are they realistic in relation to story line? Are they stereotypical? Are motives understandable and logical? Are they likable or unlikable?
Dialogue: Is is realistic? Does it fit the genre? Is it cohesive?
Mechanics: Sentence structure. Verb agreement. Style. Specific problems.
WHAT ARE THE WEAKNESSES?
Author may not defend piece while critique is being given.
1. What was the poem about? Address not only theme but the feeling was attempting to evoke.
2. What were the strong points about this poem? Mention specific words and phrases as well as general feeling that you got from the poem (serenity, edginess, ebullience, etc)
3. What techniques did the poet use? Stanzas, line breaks, specific form (free verse may rely on devices such as scattered rhyme, assonance, consonance, repetition, imagery, figures of speech, or space organization.
4. Word choice (alliteration, simile, metaphor, comparison/contrast).
5. Possible problem areas to be aware of:
Word choices are cliche
Passive verbs are flat
Chosen form inappropriate or inconsistent with theme
Message contradictory or confusing
Ending lines do not 'click shut' on the poem's theme.