Please allow me to explain.
I have argued for some time now, with a few members who have come and gone actually, the importance of a title.
I lost the first round of argument, actually--he had me re-title a poem and it seemingly received more "hits" than with my lesser, more obscure title. Same words, different title.
Recently I found myself obstinately arguing the same point, conveniently forgetting that I LOST the first arguement.
And obviously, using my name, and using all caps, was a poorly controlled experiment.
But for you dear friends who have checked in, how important do you think the subject line is, in regards to how much attention you will give a poem in the scroll, regardless of author?
I confess that it's probably way too "weighty" to me--untitled poems? I believe Marge said once if you don't bother to name your "children" then why should I bother with 'em? (I'm sure I paraphrased badly, but I understood the gist of it, as I give complete understanding nods to Margie regarding that subject.) And yes, Marge, please feel free to clear up any misunderstanding I might have alluded to your voice on that. But I do agree--name the kiddies.
So I'm asking now, what exactly "pulls you in" to read a poem?
What makes a good title? (I confess many times I go with tradition and simply use a line from the poem that I feel sums up my idea, and yes many times, it happens to be my summation line.)
How do you decide your titles/topic lines?