Line Breaks

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  • Many poets like
    short lines.  They do not write to
    the end of the line.

    They break the line by
    going to the next line.  And
    put in blank lines for

    a reason- such as
    putting more emphasis on
    some     words       Usually

     


    Many poets like short lines.  They do not write to the end of the line.  They break the line by going to the next line.  They also put in blank lines, usually for a reason, like putting more emphasis on one word.

    Try playing with short lines and see what you think.


    For example:
    Roses are red violets are blue. Sugar is sweet and so are you.

    or

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Sugar is Sweet
    And so are you.

    Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out

    Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout would not take the garbage out! She’d scour the pots and scrape the pans, candy the yams and spice the hams, and though her daddy would scream and shout, she simply would not take the garbage out.

    by Shel Silverstein


    Or


    Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
    Would not take the garbage out!
    She’d scour the pots and scrape the pans,
    Candy the yams and spice the hams,
    And though her daddy would scream and shout,
    She simply would not take the garbage out.



    Dog
    Under a maple tree the dog lies down, lolls his limp tongue, yawns, rests his long chin carefully between front paws; looks up alert; chops, with heavy jaws, at a slow fly, blinks, rolls on his side, sighs, closes his eyes: sleeps all afternoon in his loose skin.

    or

    Dog
    by Valerie Worth

                      Under a maple tree
                      The dog lies down,
                      Lolls his limp
                      Tongue, yawns,
                      Rests his long chin
                      Carefully between
                      Front paws;
                      Looks up alert;
                      Chops, with heavy
                      Jaws, at a slow fly,
                      Blinks, rolls
                      On his side,
                      Sighs, closes
                      His eyes: sleeps
                      All afternoon
                      In his loose skin.