Chapter 16
Cursed Be He Who Stirs My Bones!: Avoiding Poetry Pitfalls
In This Chapter
➤ The importance of poetic convention
➤ Axing the cliché
➤ Avoiding language problems
➤ Punctuating properly
➤ Giving up the sermon
Part of the inscription on William Shakespeare’s grave reads, “Cursed be he who stirs my bones.” Surely this statement was aimed at grave robbers, but I can’t help conjuring the image of the Bard shuddering in his grave each time someone writes a line of bad poetry.
There are as many ways to make a good poem go bad as there are novice poets—using one important skill too often, not using any poetic skills at all, or making an epic ...

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