This post will show you how to prepare your poem for WordPress using Microsoft Word. This way, you can eliminate the double spacing that normally occurs when you paste your poem into WordPress. Basically, you will just replace the paragraph characters with line breaks.

Open Your Poem in Word

Open your poem in Word and show the hidden characters. Go to the Home tab and click the button shown with the red rectangle in the image below.

Home Tab

Your poem will look like the following if the lines end with paragraph characters.

Poem with Paragraph Characters

Replace Paragraph Characters with Line Breaks

On the Home tab, click the Replace button.

Replace Button

Then type ^p (caret and lowercase P) in the Find what box and type ^l (caret and lowercase L) in the Replace with box. Then click the Replace All button.

Find and Replace

You can also press shift+enter (instead of just enter) at the end of each line to insert line breaks after each line. You would need to delete the paragraph characters also.

Your poem should now look something like this:

Poem with Line Breaks

Paste Poem into WordPress

Press ctrl+A to select all of your poem. Press ctrl+C to copy your poem to the clipboard.

Open your page or post and start a new block and press ctrl+V to paste your poem into the block. Your poem will look something like this:

Sonnet 116

William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.