Help:Poetry

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Poetry does not come easily to MediaWiki, since consecutive lines are treated as one.

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

  And the mome raths outgrabe.

becomes:

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.

There are several ways to deal with this:

1: Use a blank line between each line[edit]

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

2: Use a colon (:) (or 2, or more) at the beginning of each (or every other) line[edit]

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

3: Make each line a paragraph using <p> </p>[edit]

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

4: End each line with a <br />[edit]

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

5: Use <pre></pre>[edit]

(deprecated)

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

Uneven lines:[edit]

If you want uneven lines use &nbsp; or colon(s) instead of spaces at the start of each line you want indenting:

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

Verses[edit]

To make breaks between verses use as many :&nbsp; as required (note the colon at the beginning)

Formatting[edit]

You can, of course use <center> or any other additional formatting you desire.


Look at this page in edit to see what's been done.

There is an extension that does the job, I believe, but we haven't got it.

See also[edit]