Reflection on Assignment 3

Yesterday I received feedback from my tutor on Assignment 3.

Dear Rachelle, thank you for submitting your third assignment for this course. This is a good submission and it’s great you’re experimenting with forms such as heroic verse, syllabics and rhyme. I do want to sound a note of caution though – whilst these aspects of poetry are important and worth exploring, they can distract the writer from other aspects, such as creating interesting images and approaching subjects in unusual and original ways. When you write in more open forms (such as in ‘Anniversary’) you naturally seem to include more striking ideas, so be aware of this in future.

Agreed. On wanting to push myself to write (& experiment with) different forms of poetry I became distracted with the process and in doing so, forgot about originality and creativity.

I’d misread the assignment too and hadn’t noted the errata: page 44, 3rd bullet point: add the word brief after for each give a. So it should read: For each give a brief commentary, (a short paragraph on each). I’d already written nearly 500 words on the first two pieces that I’d sent to my tutor – I’d followed the 2nd bullet point: a commentary for each about how your thoughts and ideas developed. Write about 500 words. Then, giving a commentary on the other four poems, proved my RC exceeded the 500 word limit in the first place! Confusing. I should’ve checked beforehand. Thankfully this RC will not be assessed.

My poetry also exceeded the 80 line limit – I submitted 111 lines…I got carried away and in future must check before I send to my tutor. I will omit some of the poems or reduce the length if I submit a redrafted version for assessment.

I feel good about this feedback. Having left it for a day I can now look back with clear eyes and a clear head and sift through each poem, note the changes and redraft each accordingly.

I have already digested pointers for the next assignment: Concentrate on creating interesting and vivid imagery in the next assignment, and giving your reader a fresh take on your chosen subjects. Weed out any predictable descriptions and make sure every word and line is earning its place in the poem.




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