At The Authors Haunt all poems published in The Library and on Resident Author sites are accompanied by a series of coloured boxes or codes, each one containing text that provides you with information about the poem.  This page will explain the purpose of each box and what its content means for the poems published on this site.

 

 

To jump to a particular coding section on this page, please click on one of the boxes below.

 

                       

 

 

 

When it comes to poetry, the purple "Type" box is used to indicate that a link takes you to one of two things:

 

A stand alone poem. This is a single poem which can be enjoyed on its own and is not part of any larger "theme".

A collection of multiple poems with a common theme or style, published together at the request of the author.

 

 

 

 

The green "Genre" box is used on Resident Author sites to denote the genre of a poem.  While there are many possible genres for poems, at The Authors Haunt we currently use just eight different genres:

 

Light

This category is used for all poems that are considered light or humorous, generally poems that will put a smile on your face or make you feel good inside.

Lyrics

This category is used for all poems written in the form of song lyrics, regardless of the tone or subject of the poem.

Narrative

This category is used for all poems that tell a story, whether that story is brief or takes the form of an epic poem.

Ode

This category is used for all poems written as a tribute or ode to honour or celebrate a person, place or thing.

Romantic

This category is used for all romantic poetry, including love poetry and poetry written about love.  Erotic poetry is also included under this genre.

Serious

This category is used for all poems that are considered serious, generally poems that will make you think, often dealing with uncomfortable subjects.

Socio-Political

This category is used for all poems written as political or social commentary, to protest an aspect of society or life, or confrontational poetry written about controversial topics.

Spiritual

This category is used for all poems written to examine or express religious, spiritual or existential ideas or beliefs.

 

 

 

 

The blue "Rating" box is used to give you guidance to readers to help them decide if the poem is appropriate for them.  At The Authors Haunt we use our own rating system based on the content of poems and the impact of the subject or theme on the most sensitive of readers:

 

General

Audiences

A "G" Rated poem is one that a responsible parent would be happy to allow a child under the age of 13 to read.  That doesn't mean poems with this rating are written for children - they may deal with concepts the average child would not understand.  It just means that the poem does not deal with themes involving sex, violence or other content that would be inappropriate for a young audience.

Caution Advised

A "C" Rated poem is one that a responsible parent would be happy to allow a teenager (13-18) to read.  That doesn't mean poems with this rating are written for teenagers.  It just means that while the poem may address themes involving sex, violence or triggering content it does not do so in a graphic manner.

Mature Content

An "M" Rated poem is one that is suitable only for adults over the age of eighteen.  The poem likely addresses, in a graphic manner, themes involving sex, violence or triggering content and is therefore unsuitable for younger readers.

 

 

 

 

 

The red "Warning" box is perhaps the most important of all the boxes associated with poems as it is this box that will give you some guidance as to the type of content within a poem.  You should associate the warnings with the poem rating to determine how extreme this content might be.  While we can't warn about everything, we have determined that the following scenes/themes require that we caution readers:

 

The theme of the poem involves bullying, including descriptions thereof or allusions thereto.

The theme or a theme of the poem involves rape, sexual abuse or other non-consensual sexual acts, including descriptions thereof or allusions thereto.

The theme or a theme of the poem involves suicide or self-harming, including descriptions thereof or allusions thereto.

 

If you feel that the warnings, ratings or other codes associated with a poem published at this site are inaccurate, or you feel a poem requires an additional disclaimer, or you just want more information about the poetry codes used at The Authors Haunt, please feel free to email the Site Administrator.

           

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