# [texhax] memoir package, \begin{verse}[\versewidth], poem title

crebecca at uchicago.edu crebecca at uchicago.edu
Sat Oct 3 17:22:18 CEST 2009

Dear Mica -

I'm using {article}, not {memoir}, but here's the brute force solution I've found -
retain centering for titles, then adjusting for flushleft by using \hspace with
negative values.

If there's a more elegant approach, I'd also be grateful to know more.  The
Muses are particularly mysterious when they speak verse in LaTeX.

Rebecca

\begin{verse}
\begin{center}
\hspace{-2in} Stanza II.\verselinebreak
\end{center}

To left-justify verse apace\\
You can subtract hspace\verselinebreak

\end{verse}

---- Original message ----
>Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 03:43:34 -0700
>From: Mica Semrick <paperdigits at gmail.com>
>Subject: [texhax] memoir package, \begin{verse}[\versewidth], poem title
>To: texhax at tug.org
>
>I am using the memoir package to try and typeset some poems, and I am
>running into a slight problem. I am using the verse environment with
>the \versewidth command to center the poem. I would like to have the
>title of the poem flush with the body of the poem. How would I do this?
>
>This is where I am currently stuck in the code:
>
>\documentclass[12pt,oneside]{memoir}
>
>\pagestyle{plain}
>\chapterstyle{dash}
>\renewcommand{\PoemTitlefont}{%
>\normalfont\sffamily\hspace{\vleftmargin}} %Remove centering from the
>poem title
>
>\begin{document}
>
>\settowidth{\versewidth}{this is a pretty long line in my poem}
>\PlainPoemTitle
>\PoemTitle{My Great Poem Title}
>\begin{verse}[\versewidth]
>
>this is the body of my poem\\
>and i will be quite glad\\
>and: his is a pretty long line in my poem\\
>\end{verse}
>\newpage
>
>\end{document}
>
>Any help would be greatly appreciated, I've been working on this for a
>
>Best,
>Mica
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