Dear Latrell, Thank you so much for taking the time to read my poem, it means a lot. It’s hard for me to start any sort of writing too. What usually helps me get started is to think of the main thing I want to write about, in this case it was about putting yourself out there. I didn’t get my finished poem on the first try, so what I had to do…[Read more]
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Dear Hanna: I am LIVING for your poem,”Surprise ‘Em”, because it is very uplifting. I like the message that you are conveying. One part of your poem that stands out for me is where you tell the reader to wear what you want, no matter what anyone says or thinks. Another part that I liked is where you tell the reader to “Live for yourself and no one else”. This stood out to me because it wraps up the message in your poem. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next because you seem like such an amazing writer.
Hanna, Your poem really stood out to me because you are telling people that they shouldn’t have to change who they are because the world expects them to be a certain way. The line that really stood out to me from your poem was when you said “live for yourself and no one else”. This line stood out to me because everyone thinks they need to be accepted by society but you are stating that it isn’t true and that’s really strong. Besides that something else that stood out to me was the fact that you kept the poem moving with the line “Surprise ‘Em” that was really interesting. I really enjoyed reading your poem it was impressive and i’m not really into poetry so great job! -Wendy Perez Govea
Dear Hanna, I like your poem the beginning was dope I like how you started it how did you start because when I write I always need help starting. It will be such an honor to tell me how you started but other than that your poem was great.
Dear Latrell, Thank you so much for taking the time to read my poem, it means a lot. It’s hard for me to start any sort of writing too. What usually helps me get started is to think of the main thing I want to write about, in this case it was about putting yourself out there. I didn’t get my finished poem on the first try, so what I had to do was write a really bad rough draft, and then worked off of that. I find that if you have something written down, no matter how good or bad, its always easier to work off that then nothing. Hope this helped. -Hanna Gohlke
Dear Teresa Thank you so much for sharing your poem with me, it was very powerful. What I really liked about the poem was how it was written from Romeo’s point of view and from Juliet’s point of view. Juliet not wanting to fall for Romeo and Romeo knowing he was going to. I liked how you put that both of them wanted to be together but the knew…[Read more]
Dear Ariana Thank you so much for sharing your poetry, it was really good! My favorite line was “Love, it is lucky to be found like the treasure that is hidden underground where the X marks the spot only to find that X is nowhere to be found” I liked this line because it is a great metaphor for how rare and hard it is to find true love. A sec…[Read more]
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