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Know your characters.

If your poem has multiple voices or a dialogue, plan out the characteristics that each character or voice has. This is part of differentiating the voices so they don’t sound like the poet talking to himself. What are the qualities you associate with each character? Is one perky and the other tired? Is one educated and the other not? Define the characters to make the dialogue work better.

See Also: Know your background., Make your characters real., Name your characters.

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