THOUGHTS ON THE CRITICISM OF OTHERS: Part 1
The first criticism of my writing, at least the criticism that I remember, was in 1950 when I was in grade one in the then small southern Ontario town of Burlington, a part of what is still called the Golden Triangle. It’s jammed right at the left-hand end of Lake Ontario. I’m sure I received criticism of my scribblings in the three years before that in my early childhood from my family members and playmates, perhaps as early as 1947 when I was three or four years old and colouring or printing my first words on paper. But I have no memories of that incoming criticism, no memories until, as I say, 1950. That was 60 years ago: 1950 to 2010.
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Early in this new, this third, millennium, in 2004 to be precise, I began to receive written criticism of my prose and poetry on the internet. I had received criticism, mostly verbal, of my published writing from 1974 to 2004 during which time I was able to get some 150 essays published in newspapers and magazines in Australia. Writing had become, by the 1970s, a more central focus to my life, much more central than it had ever been, although it had always been central in one way or another at least, as I say above, since 1950. When one is a student receiving criticism of what one writes is part of the core of the educational process. Sometimes that criticism is fair and helpful; sometimes it is unkind the destructive.
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Aug 7, 2010 6:57 am
@RonPrice: so great to see you've been participating in the forums. I suggest that rather than publishing your essays here, you use the forums (as you've done in the past) as a chance to engage with others. Thanks!
Aug 10, 2010 6:41 am
by susandanziger (admin)
Belated apologies, susandanziger, for not getting back to you. Point taken; I don't get to this site as often as I'd like. Life is busy even in retirement. Wishing you well in administering this fine site. With appreciation.-Ron Price, Australia
Mar 2, 2011 9:09 pm