Verse Block

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The Verse block is ideal for writing poetry on your site.

To add a Verse block, click on the “Block Inserter” (+)  and select the Verse block.

You can also type “/verse” and hit enter in a new paragraph block to add one quickly.

How to add the verse block using the shortcut

Detailed instructions on adding blocks

Block Toolbar

Every block comes with unique toolbar icons and block-specific user controls that allow you to manipulate the block right in the editor.

The Verse block shows nine buttons in the block toolbar:

  • Transform to
  • Drag icon
  • Move arrows
  • Change text alignment
  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Hyperlink
  • More Rich Text controls
  • More options
Block toolbar for the Verse block

The layout of the Verse block on your site may vary according to the styles set by the theme you are using.

Transform to:

Transform options for Verse Block

Click on the “Transform” button to convert the Verse block into a “Paragraph”, “Columns” or “Group” blocks. “Group” gives you the ability to change the background color around the Verse block.

Grouping a Verse block and setting a background color
Grouping a Verse block and setting a background color

Drag icon:

Drag icon for the Verse block

To drag and drop the block to a new location on the page template, click and hold the rectangle of dots, then drag to the new location. The blue separator line indicates where the block will be placed. Release the left mouse button when you find the new location to place the block.

Move arrows:

Move arrows for the Verse block

The up and down arrow icons can be used to move the block up and down on the page.

Get more information about moving a block within the editor.

Change text alignment:

Change text alignment for the Verse block
  • Align text left – Make the block left-aligned.
  • Align text center – Make the block alignment centered.
  • Align text right – Make the block right aligned.

Bold

Bold typeface for the Verse block

You can select the text of the block and use the “Bold” option or “Ctrl+B” / “Cmd+B” on your keyboard to bold it, which is usually heavier than the surrounding text.

Italic

Italic typeface for the Verse block

You can select the text of the block and use the “Italic” option or “Ctrl+I” / “Cmd+I” on your keyboard to italicize it, which usually appears slanted to the right.

Hyperlink

Adding a link to the Verse block

You can select the text of the block and use the “Hyperlink” option or “Ctrl+K” / “Cmd+K” on your keyboard to add a link to it.

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More Rich Text controls

Highlight

Use the Highlight option to change the color for selected text and its background.

More Rich Text controls options in the Verse block

Inline code

Use the Inline code feature to format code snippets within your text differently. Not only that, but Inline code formatting also prevents the code to be executed instead of displayed.

Inline image

The Inline image feature allows you to add an image to your paragraph. It has one option: enter the desired pixel width for your image.

Keyboard Input

The Keyboard Input option allows you to add the <kbd> tag to selected text.

Strikethrough

Use the Strikethrough option to place a horizontal line through the middle of the selected text.

Example: Verse Block

Subscript

Use the Subscript option to set the selected text slightly below the normal line of type.

Example: Verse Block

Superscript

Use the Superscript option to set the selected text slightly above the normal line of type.

Example: Verse Block

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More options

These controls give you the option to copy, duplicate, and edit your block as HTML.

Read about these and other settings.

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Block Settings

Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar. If you do not see the sidebar, simply click the ‘cog’ icon.

Block settings in the Verse block

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Color

Text and background colors can be set on a per-block basis, allowing you to call attention to important content. Pick a color from the suggestions, or add a custom color using the color picker or by adding a color code.

Color settings in the Verse block
Color settings in the Verse block

See this guide for more information about changing colors.

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Typography

Typography settings allow you to change a block’s font size, appearance, line height, letter casing, and spacing.

Typography settings in the Verse block
Typography settings in the Verse block

Get more details about changing typography settings.

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Dimensions

Dimension controls are used to control how groups of blocks are placed alongside one another, by changing the values for padding, margin, and other dimensions

Dimension settings in the Verse block
Dimension settings in the Verse block

Learn more about dimension controls.

Advanced

The “Advanced” tab lets you add HTML anchor and CSS class(es) to your block.

Advanced setting in the Verse block

“HTML anchor” allows you to make a unique web address for a particular “Verse” block. Then, you’ll be able to link directly to a “Verse” block of your page.

The “Additional CSS class(es)” lets you add CSS class(es) to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit.

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Changelog

  • Updated 2022-06-02
    • Updated the content for 6.0.
    • Added ALT tags for images.
  • Updated 2022-06-02
    • Screenshots as per WordPress 6.0
  • Updated 2022-02-04
    • Screenshots and video as per WordPress 5.9
    • Minor option updates
  • Updated 2020-09-29
    • Screenshots and video as per WordPress 5.5
    • Added feature changes in Block Toolbar
    • Added feature changes in Block Settings
    • Added “Go back to the list of Blocks” to the top of the page
  • Created 2019-03-07

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