I'm using org-mode to create a handout for a poetry class in which I want to include John Hollander's "Swan and Shadow." It looks great in emacs, but when it's exported to PDF through LaTeX, it no longer looks like a swan and a shadow. In emacs:

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Here it is with whitespace-mode active, to show that it's all spaces and not TABs:

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And here it is in LaTeX-processed PDF:

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What should I do to better preserve the appearance of this poem?

  • I'm curious how do you generate this verse ascii art in Org-mode #+BEGIN_VERSE block. Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 3:05
  • Well, I didn't really "generate" it by any means---I typed it in and lined everything up manually in the buffer. Then, as noted in my comment to the answer below, I ended up using a #+BEGIN_EXAMPLE block instead of VERSE for monospaced output to PDF. Does that answer your question? Commented Mar 12, 2016 at 1:26

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Looks like it's just wrapping. Use a smaller font? A larger page?

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    This looks more like a comment rather than an answer.
    – nicael
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 20:58
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    aha, I figured it out. Your comment made me notice that the "water line" at the middle of the poem didn't need to wrap. In other words, it's the spaces that were a problem---they were too long in the font I'd chosen. I exchanged the verse block for an example block, in monospace, and now the poem looks correct. Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 21:21
  • Ah, indeed. The bill is also out of alignment for the same reason; the clues were right in front of our eyes.
    – db48x
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 23:17

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