I have amassed a sizable collection of notes and files from various workshops/creative writing classes I've given. Here are five tips for people new to writing poetry.
1. Be careful of lines you really like in your poems. If they appear to be outstanding, there’s a real possibility they do stand out too strongly in the poem.
2. One lazy line/word is enough to ruin a whole poem.
3. Speak your lines out loud to test the rhythm and find those clumsy-sounding words.
4. Keep all drafts of poems; constant reworking can result in losing your way, or, on the plus side, you may find you are developing a different poem altogether
5. Check out lines/phrases from unsuccessful poems. They can often be recombined in ways that are fresh and successful.