Line of a Verse

One line of a poem or verse.


Formatting of Verse: No serious attempt has been made to encode the look or visual form of poetry. But in acknowledgment that many journals do publish poems and that poems are a little like tables in that formatting may be significant, a few basic hooks have been added to indicate line styling and indentation:


Content Model

<!ELEMENT  verse-line   (#PCDATA %verse-line-elements;)*             >

Expanded Content Model

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Any combination of:

This element may be contained in:

Example 1

  <title>Buy or Lease?<break/>
    Two Models for Scholarly Information<break/>
    at the End (or the Beginning) of an Era</title>
    <verse-line>Some say the world will end in fire,</verse-line>
    <verse-line>Some say in ice.</verse-line>
    <verse-line>From what I&rsquo;ve tasted of desire</verse-line>
    <verse-line>I hold with those who favor fire.</verse-line>
    <verse-line>But if it had to perish twice,</verse-line>
    <verse-line>I think I know enough of hate</verse-line>
    <verse-line>To say that for destruction ice</verse-line>
    <verse-line>Is also great</verse-line>
    <verse-line>And would suffice.</verse-line>
    <attrib>&mdash;Robert Frost &ldquo;Fire and Ice&rdquo;</attrib>

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Example 2

The @indent-level attribute can be used to control formatting:
  <verse-line><sc>There</sc> was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,</verse-line>
  <verse-line indent-level="1">The earth, and every common sight,</verse-line>
  <verse-line indent-level="3">To me did seem</verse-line>
  <verse-line indent-level="1">Apparell&rsquo;d in celestial light,</verse-line>
  <verse-line>The glory and the freshness of a dream.</verse-line>
  <verse-line>It is not now as it hath been of yore;&mdash;</verse-line>
  <verse-line indent-level="2">Turn wheresoe&rsquo;er I may,</verse-line>
  <verse-line indent-level="3">By night or day,</verse-line>
  <verse-line>The things which I have seen I now can see no more.</verse-line>
  <attrib>From Wordsworth&rsquo;s &ldquo;Ode: Intimations of 
    Immortality&rdquo; (1807).</attrib>

Example 3

Verse group with an attribution:
  <verse-line>When dredful swelling seas, through boisterous windy blastes</verse-line>
  <verse-line>So tosse the shippes, that al for nought, serues ancor sayle and
  <verse-line>Who takes not pleasure then, safely on shore to rest,</verse-line>
  <verse-line>And see with dreade and depe despayre, how shipmen are distrest.</verse-line>
  <verse-line>Not that we pleasure take, when others felen smart,</verse-line>
  <verse-line>Our gladnes groweth to see their harmes, and yet to fele no parte.</verse-line>
  <attrib>(Tottel 1903:159)</attrib>