|What to check||If not …|
|Is it the best word?
(A thesaurus might help but best doesn’t mean biggest)
|Change the word|
|Are there any old-fashioned words?
(Tis, til, oft)
|Get rid of them – you’re a 21st century poet!|
|Are there any cliches?
(tired, over-used expressions)
|Get rid of them – you’re unique – so is your poem|
|Are the words in the best order?||Rearrange the order|
|Do I need this word?
(No need for sentences)
|Cross it out!|
|Does it sound good?
(Read it aloud; get someone else to read it aloud – listen to the rhythm)
|Change the bits that sound wrong|
|Is this a good place to break the line?||Start a new line
Join the next line on
|Should there be a pause here?||poetry pauses are:-
spaces in mid- line,
ends of lines,
ends of verses.
|Is it spelt right?||Correct it|
|Is it set out on the page how I want it?
Does it look right?
|Poems could use:–
indented alternate lines;
capital letters at beginning of lines or none at all;