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Write in such a way that another could perform your work.

The more clear your work is for someone else to be able to perform, the easier it will also be for you to perform. One example of this philosophy is using punctuation, line breaks, white space, and other features in laying out the poem so that another poet would naturally tend to read it as you do.

There are many performers and speakers who will either read a bit of someone else’s poetry or put it to music and sing it. The more generic the work is, the more likely it is to be covered. Much of Kipling’s work is still sung or recited. Could your poetry be like Kipling’s and be recited or performed in 100 years? Nothing is certain, but as with many other things, there are ways to increase the likelihood.

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