This week, the challenge is to imagine that you’re someone else (a historical figure, a celebrity of any kind, anyone famous or infamous, a homeless person, a painter, a musician, one of your relatives or neighbors, a character from a song or novel) and, then, to write a poem from the perspective of that person. These are often called persona poems.
1. Start with a list in which you include as many details about the person you’ve chosen as you can.
2. Reflect on those details and decide which you can best use in a poem.
3. Remember that you’re writing from the perspective of the person you’ve chosen, not your own perspective. Consider how the person you’ve chosen might think and feel.
4. Begin writing and see where your poem takes you. One possibility is to begin or end your poem with a quote—something the person you’ve chosen actually said or wrote.
5. Consider writing a monologue in poem form.
1. Be careful of saying too much and including too many details. Stay focused.
2. Remember that you’re “speaking” through someone else’s voice.
3. Think in terms of your person’s viewpoints and perhaps include a fictional layer to address concepts and ideas with which you’re not completely comfortable yourself.
4. Don’t lose sight of the fact that you’re not writing about someone else, you are that someone for the space of your poem.
5. Remember that your poem shouldn’t include commentary or analysis.