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DreamEvil
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0 posted 09-24-1999 02:48 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Simply put, which do you prefer for reading poetry, left-aligned or centered and why?

Should an artistic presentation be considered when posting?

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1 posted 09-24-1999 09:45 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Sitting here on the fence, I like both ways.. free verse seems easier to read when it's left justified though...
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2 posted 09-24-1999 04:29 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

I will probably get a lot of grief for this, but I don't think that centering does anything for a poem except make it more difficult to read. If it's a greeting card, fine; otherwise just leave the darn thing left-justified so I don't have to hunt for the shorter lines ...

The obvious exception to this is visual poetry, or any other poetry that uses a unique spacing style to add to the content of the poem or emphasize some theme. For example, if I write a poem with a repeated couplet, I might choose to indent the couplet in order to enhance its effect in the flow of the poem ...

Hope this made sense ... LOL ... and no offense Dream, I know you like to center your stuff ... just my humble (oh, who am I kidding?) opinion ...



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3 posted 09-24-1999 07:26 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

None taken. The only pieces that I truly think worth centering are my ballads in 9-7-9-7 quatrains.

I think that people are more inclined to left-aligned poetry because we are taught to read left to right.

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Nan
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4 posted 09-24-1999 07:52 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I personally enjoy adding a little flair to poetry - it's a fine art, and it sings even more beautifully with visual enhancements...
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5 posted 09-24-1999 10:05 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I agree with Nan!! You just have to go to my web site to see what I like!
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left aligned is fine with me, although I do center sometimes...but it depends, I try it and if it makes it harder to read, I won't post like that....but I do know what you mean, sometimes the form of a poem can distract or enhance, but I don't feel that simply centering is a distraction
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