Poet on the Piano
2 years ago
Good question. Definitely would never get offended if the person was honest AND polite. I would even appreciate if they didn't agree with certain aspects as we all think and react differently. We all have our own struggles and our own ways of coping, our own stories to tell. I think I would only be upset if a person judged another person for what they wrote, or labeled, or attacked that person's form of expression. If a poem is bashing, let's say, a political view or religion, well, I may just not comment if I don't agree with that. That person still has the room to write down their beliefs, I just may differ. I believe there is no definition of "good" or "bad" poetry, everyone has their own taste and that's a beautiful thing.
As my creative writing professor reminded me (and the other students), it's always wise to listen and seriously consider the suggestions made by another, but at the end of the day, you are the writer, you decide whether to make the changes or not.