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How can I keep my stanza breaks in posted poems?

  1. I'm trying like heck to put a poem on my blog, and
    every time I try to either type the poem into the
    "new post" window, or even when I cut and paste from
    a word processing program, all of my blank lines
    between my stanzas disappear and the whole poem
    becomes one long paragraph -- which, obviously,
    I don't want. Help?

  2. I was going to suggest searching for poem here in the forums but all that will do is lead you to a discussion we had a few days ago about tag pollution and a bunch of folks being snotty over the subject.

    To me, this post looks fine to me in Netscape 7.2. I see the line breaks and blank lines and all that. At least i see some though maybe not all that you want in there.

    Suggestions:

    - Turn off the rich text editor. It's actually an outside program called TinyMCE and it has a history of doing what you say it's doing. You can switch between the two different editors at Dashboard -> Users -> Your Profile -> That checkbox near the top. The normal text editor will give you more control over yoru code as well. The downside though is it's an HTML editor and you have to look at the HTML code instead of the pretty Word-like interface.

    - If you don't want to switch, you can always put in a line manually within the TinyMCE editor. Try using

    <p> </p>
    within the code tab of the editor. Just remember that TinyMCE will do what it wants to do I'm afraid and may very well strip that. We suggest that since you're actually putting something into that line, the empty space.

    Hope this helps,
    -drmike

    edit: Here's the threads I was thinking about for reference.

  3. Further to what the Doc posted above, you might want to read this FAQ about using Word and other word processors to compose your posts:

    http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/11/09/why-not-to-use-word/

  4. Thank you both, and, not to sound dumb or anything,
    but, where (in relation to my poems' stanzas) would I put
    the <p> </p> tags?

    For instance, where in this stanza by Robert Frost
    would I put your suggested tags?:

    "Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow."

    In other words, how can I use that tag you suggested
    to separate the above stanza from a subsequent four-line
    stanza?

  5. To watch his woods fill up with snow."
    <p> </p>

    After the last line of the stanza on a seperate line.

  6. Thank you, I'll try that.

  7. Use the visual editor and use this hack for pasting from Word:

    http://engtech.wordpress.com/2006/09/03/wordpress-tips-alt-b/

  8. You can paste it in and put your cursor where you want the line breaks; hold down the Shift Key while hitting the Enter, and that will single-space it.

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