Poetry Publishing on WordPress

Poetry is an amazing way for a writer to express himself/herself.  There is an internal need for a poet to form both the words on the page and to add the complex formatting.  Writers feel the format of the poem brings just as much meaning to the words as the words themselves.  So it is imperative that both can be accomplished on a post.

Text Editor for Writing

Start your poem in text editor to accomplish all your writing first.  There are two important keys to help with proper spacing between lines is the <br/> line break and <p> paragraph text </p> to be used in the text editor.  The line break will allow poems to be single spaced but allows for the proper break in the poem line.  The paragraph text will allow for both double spacing and still allows for a proper line breaks within the stanza.

Roses are red<br />
Violets are blue<br />
Flowers are sweet<br />
And so are you<br />

This will read as…

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Flowers are sweet
And so are you
<p>Roses are red
Violets are blue
Flowers are sweet
And so are you</p>

This will read as…

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Flowers are sweet

And so are you

If you choose to use line breaks, place a double space between stanzas.  If you choose to use paragraph text place two lines between stanzas.  It can be difficult to use align right, align left, align center or indent when writing poetry.  These should be helpful tools but they can change the look between the visual editor, the text editor and even into the published view.  You may feel frustrated by that fact that you are unable to get just the right look for your poem due to these hiccups in the program.  However, where there is a will, there is a way.  As a creative poet you may find ways around these problems to establish just the right look.

Visual Editor for Eye Appeal

Once the writing is fully complete switch over to the visual editor to make the poem your own.  In the visual editor you can easily add bold, italics, underline, color, and format.  Highlight the intended word or phrase and add the appropriate visual cue intended.

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Flowers are sweet

And so are you

There is a problem with <h2> Headings </h2> —  The ability to make a heading on just one word from a line isn’t possible.  In either the text editor or visual editor the whole line will appear the same heading.  You can change headings per line, but not within the same line.  The whole line will read as one heading.

Photographing your Poetry Work

Another option to get just the right look if the frustration of doing it within WordPress isn’t fitting your exact needs is to add the poem as a picture via the add media tool.  You can use a desired document program of your choice and than add it to your post or page.  The disadvantage of this type of poetry posting is the lack of tags that can be added to your poem.  The tags will only see the picture and not the actual words inside your poem.  If you feel this route best fits your needs, a good camera is recommended.

Photo of a poem.
photo idea for publishing your poem

Adding Poetry as a Word Document

To add your work as a word document use CTRL+C to copy the intended poem.  Then go to W(paste from Word) on your tool bar on WP and a separate box will pop up where you can paste CTRL+V and insert.

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Flowers are sweet

And so are you

If the font size and color are important to your poem this way of posting your work will not be the best route for you.  These two items are automatically edited out when moving from Word to WordPress, and they have to be re-entered once they are pasted in your post.  This requires an extra step and is less efficient.

Final Thoughts

Writing poetry on WordPress can be done with the help of proper line breaks and paragraph text in the text editor.  Adding your visual display after the written word is formed is best for just the right look.  If you are feeling like this isn’t quite getting your poem exactly what it needs, try adding your poem as a  photograph through the add media tool.  Lastly, you can cut and paste your poem in a word document to your post and then add the needed color or headings following.

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15 thoughts on “Poetry Publishing on WordPress”

  1. This particular post, “Poetry Publishing on WordPress
    Clark College WordPress Class” was fantastic.
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    I appreciate it,Agnes

  2. What about creating various indentions for lines of poetry?
    Other than scanning or photographing a poem (clever idea on that one)

    1. With the visual editor, you can force over indents.

      Many who wish to be very creative with their poetry do so in a graphics editor and share the visual graphic, then post the words simply below the graphic image as a transcript for search engines and readability.

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