Originally Posted by sanishen
Why are people so mean in their criticism of poetry on this site?
I could understand it if you wrote bad verse form or stuff that lacks rhythm or rhyme or is just words strung together; but most times people seem to just glance and then decide to pour scorn on a misread topic or a personal prejudice - it's so disheartening.
Are you referring to comments posted to your poem(s) under “New Poems?” If so, I’ve had my share there too.
Sometimes a poet will come to the Poetry Feedback & Discussion Thread and ask for comments. I can say the vast majority of regulars here are serious students of poetry and when giving feedback they do so in a respectful way.
I will also say on occasion someone will post a poem here, stating they want feedback, but it becomes apparent that they want affirmation it’s a good poem when perhaps it’s not.
RunningJib gives good advice. I’d only add if you want to a better poet, read more poetry and consider visiting and participating in this thread.