April 18, 2008

using poetry for character development 2

Your characters often know alot more about each other than you know as the writer. Often, when we allow them to speak about the people that surround them (without the confining walls of our current project) we discover that they have juicy details and hidden secrets they need to share.

Poetry takes us out of our comfort zone and allows us to play for just a moment and hopefully, trip on new information.


Write a One-Sentence Poem

Write a poem that is atleast six to twelve lines long and contains only one sentence. Write this poem in the voice of your lead character talking about their enemy and/or lover and the topic is jealousy.

Use this poem as an example of the form but feel free to run longer.

The New Dog
by Linda Pastan

Into the gravity of my life,
the serious ceremonies
of polish and paper
and pen, has come

this manic animal
whose innocent disruptions
make nonsense
of my old simplicities—

as if I needed him
to prove again that after
all the careful planning,
anything can happen.

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