Re: silly little text problem

* Douglas A. Tutty <dtutty@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> [080615 19:07]:
My wife has a poem she wants typed up in a particular format:

First line unindented
next four lines indented
next line unindented
next four lines indented

space

next four lines unindented.

It goes on like that.

There is no need for the verse environment. An easy but inelegant
solution is the following:

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

\documentclass[letterpaper]{article}

\begin{document}

\setlength{\parindent}{36pt}

\noindent The one who recognizes the transcendence of God\\
\indent but rejects the concept of immanence\\
\indent is termed a deist'.\\
\indent Deism is a philosophy or concept\\
\indent which came out of the so-called age of enlightenment'\\
\indent (also called the `age of reason')\\
\noindent The concept heavily influenced the thinking and the language\\
\indent of the men who wrote\\
\indent the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution\\
\indent for the United States of America.\\~\\
\noindent The deist sees the universe as a vast and intricate mechanism,\\
\indent and recognizes that such a mechanism\\
\indent could not have come into existence\\
\indent apart from a Creator and meticulous work of design.\\

\end{document}

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Here, the indentation is set to 36 points.

The "\noindent" command is necessary to prevent LaTeX from indenting
the first line of each stanza, which LaTeX views as a paragraph.

In this example, the construction "\\~\\" is equivalent to placing a
blank line between stanzas; a blank line is the more natural construction.

RLH

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