Things that I do not like to see in poems, some of which I have used in my own poems, thus paving the way for both self-contempt and creative crisis:

  • Questions
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Epigrams
  • Definitions quoted directly from dictionaries
  • References to poets and/or poetry
  • References to the poet themselves as a poet
  • Polemic
  • Ekphrasis that relies too heavily upon familiarity with the art being written about
  • Epigrams that are rhetorical questions
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6 comments on “Things that I do not like to see in poems, some of which I have used in my own poems, thus paving the way for both self-contempt and creative crisis:
  1. John Stevens says:

    Well, that narrows the field for your reading list then!
    (Mine too).

  2. John Stevens says:

    On further reflection, I think we might have to delete ‘polemic’ from the list! LOL

  3. Benjamin Dodds says:

    Great list. I’d also add references to The Odyssey, The Iliad and name-dropping of Greek gods.

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