I am working on a book is going through the typesetting stage for self-publishing. In order to keep page count down, is it acceptable to typeset poetry with about a dozen of stanzas in more than one column?
The work at hand is a fantasy novel where there is about a dozen of songs ranging from 4-6 to 10-20 stanzas embedded in roughly 600 pages of prose. Some of those songs would have to be rendered in a single column due to the length of every line in a stanza, while many could be rendered in two columns as their lines are short.
We are capable of typesetting in multiple columns. As a beginner writer, I tried to find examples of occasional poetry (poems, songs) embedded in mostly prose, but nothing in my personal library contains such. I did find a few titles at stores, with poetry embedded in a single column, but those were relatively short poems with only a few stanzas.