Robs Poetry Tips - Rob's List of stuff you should avoid in poetry 1 List of forbidden words/metaphors very unique leaves dancing eyes sparkling

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Rob’s List of stuff you should avoid in poetry: 1. List of forbidden words/metaphors: very unique leaves dancing eyes sparkling, bright eyes, eyes shining reminisce dream other cliché phrases (such as “the cat in the bag” or “raining cats and dogs”) just talking too much about the stars or rain Instead, use fresh descriptions like or “his breath smelled like Godzilla’s shit,” or “when I shot the squirrel but didn’t kill it, its yell sounded like an out of tune piccolo” 2. Please refrain from the following: Using too many adverbs (-ly words, especially suddenly or quickly) Repeating words too many times in a poem (or at all) 3. Sometimes they are necessary, but please avoid cliché rhymes: love with dove or above park with dark or hark etc. 4. Please refrain from center-aligning your poem. Also, I prefer poems to be single spaced, it just looks better on the page.
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Example of the worst poem ever: Last night I had a very unique dream about the rain it made me want to scream
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2012 for the course ENC ENC1142 taught by Professor Robstephens during the Spring '12 term at Florida State College.

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Robs Poetry Tips - Rob's List of stuff you should avoid in poetry 1 List of forbidden words/metaphors very unique leaves dancing eyes sparkling

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