I'm currently writing a story in which a character speaks several lines from a poem. I know how to punctuate when someone is quoting within dialogue, but what are the conventions for this scenario? I imagine that each line of the poem would have to start on a new line within the dialogue, but do you need an open speech mark, followed by a quote mark each time? It just looks wrong and very untidy. I can't seem to find anything on Google and wonder if anyone else has figured it out or has had to do something similar.
By Caz Pedroso
Just a quick question as my friend and I can’t seem to agree on which of these is the correct punctuation—or if either is right, of course.
“Now, Brian,”—He glanced at me, probably to make sure I was paying attention—“we have the electronics from all the missing girls.”
Now, Brian—” He glanced at me, probably to make sure I was paying attention, “—we have the electronics from all the missing girls.”
Are neither right and can someone help us understand? I have checked other topics and can’t find anything relevant. I also tried the internet but got conflicting answers. This is the first time I have attempted to have something interrupt the flow of speech this way.