How To Compose A Character Study

Review the chapter on lyric verse, paying special attention to lyrics about basic topics (moments, objects, living things, concepts and experiences). If the living thing is a person and you focus on him or her intensely —funneling tones of voice and viewpoint through that person — you also are composing a character study.

But the transition from the lyric to the dramatic mode can be much richer than that. All you have to do is:

1. Imagine the person who would be intensely interested in a specific moment, object, living thing, concept or experience.

2. Create an appropriate entity.

3. Funnel voice and viewpoint through that character.

Let's illustrate with two poems, the first a lyric focusing on the concept of music, and the second, a character sketch based on a person who would be intensely interested in such a topic:

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