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Yacov Mitchenko Hadera / Israel, Male, 41
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  • POEM: The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski (1/9/2013 4:26:00 AM)

    It's irrelevant whether I dislike a comment or not. Rather than simply clicking the I like or I dislike button, I need to produce an intelligent, well-informed argument as to why I agree or disagree with a comment, assuming I'm a serious reader concerned about the state of poetry, and how it can be improved. If I click on the button and nothing more, I immediately disqualify myself, because of the lack of seriousness and thoughtfulness I show.

  • POEM: What Are You Trying To Prove? by Siddharth Shah (10/17/2012 1:43:00 AM)

    Good and sensible message, Siddharth.

  • POEM: The Lame Boy by Asif Andalib (10/12/2012 8:39:00 AM)

    Evocative and powerful, sir. This is good because it reminds me that I don't REALLY have big problems, as I sometimes think I do.

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  • Yacov Mitchenko (10/17/2012 1:32:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Why is it that I see so many great poems - that is to say, the classics composed by the dead masters - given such low ratings?I'm well aware that even the great poets of the past wrote tons of garbage, but I'm seeing truly great poems trashed on this website, and I want to hear your opinions as to why that is. Is it the case that frustrated mediocrity is troubled by greatness?Is it the case of young students who have to read poetry they hate for the sake of their assignments?Or just mindless mockery of the illiterate, who have no sense of the truly beautiful?Or a combination of these?If the average for, say, Keats' great odes is about 6.5, what then merits a 9 or 10? The average for Whitman's best poems is, at most,6.5 as well. Another point to consider: It might make more sense to leave a thoughtful comment about why one thinks a poem works or does not, what are the poems strengths and weaknesses, rather than to rate it. A number alone is cheap, vulgar. But constructive criticism is useful and can contribute to an understanding of what makes a poem " good" . Any thoughts?

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