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Below is the poem entitled Criticicism which was written by poet Peter Duggan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I’ve been thinking about this critic thing
I’ve looked from every side.
Of course it might have some good points 
With those who be not tied
By the weight of having no self-worth.
But those who through this suffer
May be flattened by one word
From a sister or a brother.

A good few helpful words it seems
Might help some people out.
But know you well that criticism
May also breed self-doubt
In those who’ve spent their whole damned lives
In building some self-worth
Some folk write their poor hearts out
To bring a poem to birth.

And I, who once did lack self-worth
I know how others feel.
So If I do not like a piece
I make it no big deal.
I just won’t say nothing at all
That’s not so hard for me
And then there be no damage done
Through a poets misery

They told Bob Dylan he couldn’t write
They said he got it wrong.
He made it first on the hundred list
He was worshipped by the throng
He changed the face of music
I saw it come about
So when you hear these experts talk
It’s they you have to doubt.

How many artists have we lost?
Because of thoughtless words
Telling them they’d got it wrong
Till all their minds were blurred.
How much talent slipped us by
By opinions course and loud?
Because they lacked self-worth real bad
And fell to the critic crowd.

If one should ask for criticism
Well that be fair enough
But if they don’t, just pass them by
Cause it makes it goddamned tough
When somethings written from the heart
Then someone crushes it.
A little bit of kindness shown
It wouldn’t hurt a bit.

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  1. Date: 1/5/2014 4:32:00 AM
    Reading this your awesome piece gives me an insight to your logic as regards the so called criticism. I wish you check back on my maiden poem for this year and deem my point for the quill. Being criticized (to me) is nothing bad, it's just an opinion from theirs that may make or mar your work. But your own line of actions therein is what you make yourself believes. Thank you.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 1/5/2014 3:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Abdul, so nice of you to greet me with these comments. I don't really mind constructive criticism, because I know that I am good at what I do. But poets and all creative people are usually very sensitive, and I hate hurting people. There are plenty who will criticise, but not me. I just go on to the next poem. I really do appreciate your comments, my friend....Peter
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 8:08:00 PM
    Another good one my dear, as Roger said you can write about anything and it comes out a masterpiece. I am so proud of you..Luv......V x

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 1/4/2014 3:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much, my sweet, It is nice that you feel good about me, as I do about you....peterxxxxx
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 5:15:00 PM
    Peter; This piece of poetry is awesom Some people don't care who they hurt.. I think that instead of criiticising someone, we should help eachother out. Great poem, I loved it. Thanks for sharing.... Lucilla

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 1/4/2014 3:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Lucilla, I hope that you are gaining back your full health now. I appreciate your kind comments....peter
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 4:50:00 PM
    Yes we need to be more sensitive to each other' s feelings, thank you for sharing this Peter. xxx

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 1/4/2014 3:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And thank you rose fore your very kind comments....peter
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 3:00:00 PM
    Wow, another good one. This is true to some extent. I think constructive criticism is ok if it's meant to be helpful.Thanks so much for you kind words and comments on my poems. I appreciate the feedback be it good or bad. It only makes me work that much harder to be the best I can be. Keep writing. Happy New Year !

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 1/3/2014 3:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, my friend, I would not criticise anyone because there's always the chance that I could be wrong. If a person cannot do things he or she will learn soon enough without me telling them. Thank you for your kind Comments TB....peter
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 2:22:00 PM
    oh my, you speak so aptly on this theme with clarity and lyrical impression, peter... a fine gentleman you are ; yes, we need to be more discerning... extraordinary!..huggs

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 1/3/2014 3:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Nette, your words are so very kind. I appreciate this....peter
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 11:33:00 AM
    Hello my friend Peter, I am really impressed on how you can write just about anything and make it come out perfect. Another very well written poem from the poem master......Roger

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 1/3/2014 3:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Roger, writing is about the only thing I can do well. it just comes naturally to me. Thank you so much for all your kind comments, my friend...... Peter
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 11:32:00 AM
    Oh, Peter you 're such a nice and kind soul. Love you,, I don't believe in it either,, criticism is never positive, can never be. When one writes it's right from the heart, he pours his soul out for everybody to see, that takes courage. It's not for others to judge. Good thoughts, I respect.. and penned so very well!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 1/3/2014 3:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Gautami. I hate seeing people's feelings hurt, when they have just poured their hearts out in the only way they can. I really appreciate your comments, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 7:34:00 AM
    I have read that Elvis Presley's music teacher said that he had no talent..Well, he proved her wrong..However, not everyone can go on to do well after someone has hurt them..It is always good to say something good or say nothing at all..I enjoyed reading your work this morning..I am glad that I chose this one to read..Thanks for the visit to my page..Sara

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 1/3/2014 3:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Sara, you re always so kind with your comments. Someone told me my writing was useless years ago, and I did not write for three years, it hurt so much, so I can feel the how others must feel on this. Your comments are always appreciated, my friend....peter