Verses

When you need to preserve indents and line breaks, use a verse block. Verses are defined by setting verse on a paragraph or an excerpt block delimited by four underscores (____).

verse style syntax

When verse content doesn’t contain any empty lines, you can assign the verse style using the first position in an attribute list.

Example 1. Verse style syntax
[verse, Carl Sandburg, two lines from the poem Fog]
The fog comes
on little cat feet.

The result of Example 1 is displayed below.

The fog comes
on little cat feet.
— Carl Sandburg
two lines from the poem Fog

Delimited verse block syntax

When the verse content includes empty lines, enclose it in a delimited excerpt block.

Example 2. Verse delimited block syntax
[verse, Carl Sandburg, Fog]
____
The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
____

The delimited verse block from Example 2 is rendered below.

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
— Carl Sandburg
Fog