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Encoding Verse: Lines and Line-groups

Guidelines for SGML Text Mark-up at the Electronic Text Center
David Seaman, Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia


The following, Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee," illustrates how we encode lines and line-groups in verse.

<div1 type="poem">
<head>Annabel Lee</head>
<pb n="1" id="PoeAnna1" />
<lg type="stanza">
<l>It was many and many a year ago,
</l><l>In a kingdom by the sea
</l><l>That a maiden there lived whom you may know.
</l><l>By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
</l><l>And this maiden she lived with no other thought
</l><l>Than to love and be loved by me.</l>

</lg><lg type="stanza">
<l>I was a child and she was a child,
</l><l>In this kingdom by the sea;
</l><l>But we loved with a love that was more than love --
</l><l>I and my ANNABEL LEE --
</l><l>With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
</l><l>Coveted her and me.</l>

</lg><lg type="stanza">
<l>And this is the reason that, long ago,
</l><l>In this kingdom by the sea,
</l><l>A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
</l><l>My beautiful ANNABEL LEE;
</l><l>So that her highborn kinsmen came
</l><l>And bore her away from me,
</l><l>To shut her up in a sepulchre
</l><l>In this kingdom by the sea.</l>

[ETC... ETC...]

<lg type="stanza">
<l>For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
</l><l>Of the Beautiful ANNABEL LEE:
</l><l>And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
</l><l>Of the Beautiful ANNABEL LEE:
</l><l>And so, all the night tide, I lay down by the side
</l><l>Of my darling -- my darling -- my life and my bride,
</l><l>In her sepulchre there by the sea --
</l><l>In her tomb by the sounding sea. </l>


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