52 Poems, Week 7: Pattern (C.S. Lewis)
Sunday Night Journal, February 18, 2018

52 Poems: About Formatting

I meant to mention: formatting poetry for the web can be a problem if the poem's format is very irregular or unusual. Simple line and stanza breaks are no problem. They do require some manual editing on my part, because when you force a line break in your word processing software it ends up being a paragraph break when converted to HTML. So you get something like this:

Roses are red

Violets are blue

And to get this:

Roses are red
Violets are blue

requires some manual editing of the HTML. But it's pretty straightforward.

But irregular spacing within lines can be a problem. In the last two poems, for instance the poets (for reasons not apparent to me) wanted certain lines indented beyond the margins of the other lines. I was able to do that. But some modern poetry where, for instance, a short line of one or two words is intended to be much further on the right, and another line somewhat far but not quite that far, and so on, may be impossible to get exactly right. And a poem in which a very precise typographical arrangement is an essential component--for instance, George Herbert's "Easter Wings"--may be...well, maybe not impossible, but a lot more difficult and time-consuming than I want to deal with. 

So if you want to post a poem with really eccentric typography, I'll give it a try, but no guarantees that it will look the way it should.


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At Avis we try harder.

This is Budget.

I wonder if it would work if someone wanted to do something really complicated to do a screen shot and save it as a picture.

One of mine is a stinker, I guess.


A screen shot might work for a fairly short poem. Or it might be just as bad. I can think of several potential problems.

I think that one of yours can be made to more or less work. The indents might not be as far, and the last line of each stanza seems likely not to fit in the column.

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