Imagery
Where do you describe what is seen, heard, smelled, tasted, or felt?
What verbs do you use?  Go back and change all your action verbs to something more descriptive.


Metaphor/Simile/Personification
Where do you use these tools?  Why did you pick the metaphor you did?

Line Breaks/Stanzas
Do you have reasons for ALL of your line breaks and stanzas? 
What are you emphasizing by breaking your lines where you do?


Rhyming
Does your poem rhyme?  Does it rhyme all the way through the whole poem?
If you don’t rhyme in some places, but do in others, why?  You should have a reason.
Do you say things that don’t work well just because they rhyme?  Change it!


Meaning
What is the message your poem delivers?  Is it just description, or do you tie it to an important idea?

Title
You need a title.  Do you have one?
Your title is one more opportunity to create meaning in your poem.  Don’t just put down the first thing that comes to mind.


What Else?
Did you do anything else in your poem on purpose?  Tell about it!
 


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