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Viewing comments for Prologue "Afton's Ridge"

Compilation of Various Poems and Writings

  59 total reviews 
Comment by
ogelicious
 
 
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His choice of Language is one that isn't easy to master, so he did a great job writing this beautiful long poem.
Nature always has a way of getting to us so I like the way he utilised the beauty of nature in this poem.
I look forward to more poems from you.

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 Comment Written 15-Oct-2014



reply by the author on 15-Oct-2014
    Thank you for reading my sonnets and your kind comments in the review. However, I am somewhat confused. Your comments are complimentary and glowing; however, your three-star rating indicates the poem is seriously deficient and in need of improvement. You offered no criticism or suggestions for improvement. Was perhaps the 3-star rating an error? I look forward to hearing from you.
    -Ray

reply by the author on 16-Oct-2014
    Thank you for reading my sonnets and your kind comments in the review. However, I am somewhat confused. Your comments are complimentary and glowing; however, your three-star rating indicates the poem is seriously deficient and in need of improvement. You offered no criticism or suggestions for improvement. Was perhaps the 3-star rating an error? I look forward to hearing from you.
    -Ray
Comment by
judy.gordon
 
 
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This work has reached the exceptional level

Words cannot express the beauty of this poem. I am in awe of anyone that has mastered this type of poetry. I am sure that God himself is pleased with your creative wonder.


 Comment Written 22-Jun-2014



reply by the author on 23-Jun-2014
    Good Morning,
    Thanks so much for this very generous review and your very kind comments. I'm delighted you enjoyed my sonnets. Thanks also for the many bright stars. Your review has certainly gotten my day off to a great start!
    -Ray
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DR DIP
 
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What an amazing read Ray..you are a true wordsmith!
your use of metaphors, alliteration, personification similes and "onamatta whatever it is", is impeccable. It's a beautiful STORY.

THAT my friend, in the context of a Love POEM contest is where I struggle with the definition of a poem and a short story.

Please, Please! Don't take my comments or observations at all offensively, I have the greatest respect for what you have written and it is written beautifully as I have said. I just struggle with the category in which it is entered. Well done and congratulations anyway!!

with respect Dip


 Comment Written 01-May-2014



reply by the author on 01-May-2014
    Thanks so much,Dip, for this excellent review and your kind comments. I'm so pleased you enjoyed my sonnets.
    Ray
Comment by
michaelcahill
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Wow. This is breathtaking. I did one of these and was delighted just to finish it and have it meet the requirements. That it made a little sense was a nice bonus. This resonates beautifully and with great meaning all the way through. I never felt like jumping ahead and stayed gripped within each line as I followed the journey. A great piece of literature. What a treat it was to read. mikey


 Comment Written 30-Apr-2014



reply by the author on 01-May-2014
    Hi, Mikey
    Thanks so much for this excellent review and your very kind comments. I'm delighted you enjoyed my sonnets.
    Ray
Comment by
Pegcook
 
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It will take some time for me absorb all of the feelings and beauty this poem contains. It is constructed in such a way that it will withstand any storms that might attempt to topple it. I am impressed with the time and effort it must have taken to complete it. Yes, it is long, but the touchstones along the way make this reader glad to have traveled the journey with you.


 Comment Written 30-Apr-2014



reply by the author on 01-May-2014
    Thanks so much for this very generous review and your very kind comments. I am delighted you enjoyed my crown of sonnets. I started this poem last Spring and let it 'rest' for months before I could finally finish it. Your comments affirm the effort. Thanks so much!
    Ray
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A contest winning entry! A seven star rating from the Contest Committee for posting the winning contest entry.


 Comment Written 30-Apr-2014



reply by the author on 30-Apr-2014
    Thank you so much for this valued recognition and award. I am thrilled beyond words!
    -ray
Comment by
Orphan33
 
 
Exceptional
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Having read your wonderful poem, I just can't wrap my head around how to write one. I really enjoyed reading Afton's Ridge and I greatly appreciate your author notes and explanations. I live just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway here in Asheville,NC and know of Afton's Ridge and Otter Creek. Thank you for this wonderful Sonnet.


 Comment Written 03-Mar-2014



reply by the author on 04-Mar-2014
    Thanks so much for this most generous review of my sonnet sequence. I'm delighted you dug back in the vaults to find it and that you enjoyed it so much! Your many kind comments and bright stars are greatly appreciated. Asheville is a favorite city of mine and I love going there. I get lost in the Battery Park Book Exchange as well as on the mountain trails. For me, Asheville is just shy of Heaven.
    Ray
Comment by
macathy
 
 
Exceptional
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Oh I loved it,was beautifully written,one day would love to be able to write something half as wonderful.I liked the way you used the last line for the first of the next stanza,joined them so beautifully. This poem has taken me to another level of poetry as I am just discovering it.great writing.


 Comment Written 26-Feb-2014



reply by the author on 27-Feb-2014
    Thanks so much for digging back in the vaults and providing this most generous rating of my sonnet sequence. Your very kind comments and many bright stars are greatly appreciated. I'm delighted you enjoyed my sonnets. Thank you again for a grand review!
    Ray
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adewpearl
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You truly are better at enjambment than any writer I know
wonderful use of alliteration in phrases like while winsome westward winds and assonance in phrases like creek's stream
beautiful expression of emotion and lovely description of setting
strong blank verse throughout
excellent turns
and excellent bridges from one sonnet to another
This is stunning from beginning to end
I am out of sixes for the week, but be assured this is worth several of them
Thank you for your gracious acknowledgement
I am honored and so pleased and proud of your magnificent poem :-) Brooke


 Comment Written 18-Dec-2013



reply by the author on 20-Dec-2013
    Good Morning, Brooke
    Thanks so much for this excellent review and your wish for a six. I always love reading your comments as you help me understand the good points as well as things that can be improved. Thanks so much for your kind comments and for your superb teaching and mentorship.
    Ray
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MissMerri
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Exceptional
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Ah, this is a gem of a poem, my friend. I read it several days ago, but wanted to read it again before reviewing. There are so many outstanding lines in this that I couldn't possibly list them all here, but believe me, I found much to mull over and much to admire. This is not only technically amazing, but the emotional impact is what puts it over the top for me. I think that is a special gift you have, the ability to share deep emotion through your poetry. Six stars for this one.


 Comment Written 15-Dec-2013



reply by the author on 15-Dec-2013
    Dear Adonna,
    What a great review you've given me and a terrific way to wind up a snowy Saturday. Thanks so much for your many kind words and bright stars. your reviews are always so affirming for me, and I do so appreciate you and your appreciation of my poetry. Thank you so much!
    -ray
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