Verse Block

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

In order to add a “Verse” block, click on the add block button and select the “Verse” block.

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

Detailed instructions on adding blocks can be found here.

Block Toolbar 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 standard eight buttons:

  • Change block type or style
  • Moving handles
  • Change text alignment
  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Hyperlink
  • More rich text controls
  • More options

Please note that the layout of the “Verse” block on your live site may change according to the styles of the theme you are using.

Change block type or style

You can transform the “Verse” block into the “Paragraph” block or “Group”. The “Group” would give you the ability to change the background color around the “Verse” block.

Editor view of “Verse” block as a group with “Color settings” controls

Moving handles

The up and down arrow icons can be used to shift a block up and down in your document.

Detailed instructions on moving a block within the editor can be found here.

Change text alignment

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


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.


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.


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.

More rich text controls

Inline Code

“Inline Code” can be used to indicate that the text is a short fragment of computer code.

Inline image

“Inline image” can be used to place an image in the text.


“Strikethrough” can be used to place a horizontal line through the middle of the selected text.

Example: Verse Block


“Subscript” can be used to set character slightly below the normal line of type.

Example: Verse Block


“Superscript” can be used to set character slightly above the normal line of type.

Example: Verse Block

Text Color

“Text Color” can be used to set the color of the text.

Example: VerseParagraphImage

More options

Hide Block Settings

The “Hide Block Settings” option hides (or shows) the Block Setting panel in the editor’s sidebar.


“Copy” can be used to copy a selected block and then you can paste it wherever you want in the editor.


“Duplicate” can be used to duplicate selected block.

Insert Before

Insert a new block before the selected block(s).

Insert After

Insert a new block after the selected block(s).

Move To

If you select “Move To”, you will get a blue line inside your content, you can then use the arrows to move that line up and down to where you want the selected content to be moved into, hitting return on your keyboard at that point moves the block to that position.

Instruction on using “Move To” option to move a block can be found here.

Edit as HTML

The “Edit as HTML” option allows you to modify the HTML code of the embed block.

Add to Reusable blocks

Using the “Add to Reusable blocks” option lets you add the selected block to a list of reusable blocks, so you can use them on other posts or pages as well.


Select the “Group” option if you want to create a group of blocks and treat them as a unit. You can for instance add a common background color or other blocks to the group.

Remove Block

With the “Remove Block” option, you can delete the selected block from your content.

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Block Settings 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 next to the Publish button.


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

  • 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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