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SONNET (IAMBIC PENTAMETER)
INPUT NOTES:

(00) SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING ELISIONS --
i.e., skipping syllables with apostrophe:
(e.g, pow'r, flow'r, ref'rence, impond'rable)
The syllable dictionary has a growing number of these,
but the program is not (yet) smart enough to figure out how
to process those not in its dictionary
. IN ANY CASE,
be sure NOT to use elisions when they are NOT needed:
(e.g., don't use inferr'd for inferred, because either way
it's the same syllable count and accent. ALSO assume
modern pronunciation, e.g., "versed" is now one syllable,
so you don't need to write versed as vers'd. )

UPDATE NEW CODE ADDITION [1/29/03]
VERSCHIP will NOW handle SINGLE LETTER elisions
(but there is still some "rules" to formulate).

(0) EXTRA WHITE SPACE WILL BE IGNORED ... so feel
free to space or tab or insert blank lines as you wish.
(But read rule 2 if you wish to split one verse line into multiple lines.)
ALSO: All HTML COMMANDS will be ignored for verse
processing purposes (That means anything inside
angle brackets
< > will be ignored, too).

(1) USE CURLEY BRACES {} around anything
that is not to be processed, e.g., {smile}, {001.01}
(Yes, if you are using line numbers, put {} around them.)
NOTE: Anything inside square brackets []
will be processed as part of the verse.
(THE REASON is the convention of putting editorial paraphrases
within direct quoation inside square brackets can be used.)

EXCEPTION: IF you put a smile INSIDE a comment,
THEN put your smile inside square brackets.
    EXAMPLE: {Watch out for Chumash! [ smile] }

(2) IN GENERAL: Put one sonnet line per line.
HOWEVER: If you put a vertical bar "|" at the end of
a line, the next line will be considered a continuation.
(Yes, this can be done more than once. EXAMPLES FOLLOW:)

EXAMPLE 1:
 Then all at once a vampire's smile ... |
	
WILL BITE!
EXAMPLE 2: When everything |
is turned to dust |
I'll sleep.
WARNING: DO NOT put a vertical bar at the end
of the final line in a multi-line formatted line.
AND: Do not confuse "!" (exclamation) for a "|"

* Numerical values should most often be written as words (but
single (and soon two digit numbers) will be "pronounced" right.
NOTE: You do want to be able to write "summer of '91" etc.
How '03 is pronounced is ... hmm, "Oh Three" or "Ought Three"
or "Aught Three" or "Naught Three" ... and either syllable can
be accented (although usually the second). Anyway, two syllables.[g]

* Hypens and regular parentheses will be treated as extra spaces,
as will any other punctuation marks (except apostrophes --
which are retained for dictionary searches for common elisions).

* Language-specific accented vowels MAY cause recognition failure.
(So, just type them in as standard English letters, eg, "tete a tete",
until "the genius designer" {smirk} figures out how to deal with these).

* Elisions (with apostrophe) will only work if in a program dictionary
or you submit yours as a private dictionary [not yet programmed].
(EXAMPLES: ref'rencing, incalc'lable, pow'r, flow'r, etc)

* SOME WORDS have optional syllables (e.g., Ireland, choir). Those
currently listed in the program's special word list will processed
both ways in an attempt to fit the line to iambic pentameter. When
reprocessed the word will be replaced on the line with "word~alt".

SPECIAL NOTE: BAD LINE MONKEY-BOT {ewg} will highlight which lines
you submit appear to have an iambic pentameter problem. Often this
will be because of a word the dictionary can't process ... although it will
try it's best to chop the word until it is edible... {monkeyshine} Pudding!


INTERESTING EXAMPLES

{1} The countercounterterr'rist sang in choir.
VERSCHIP CAN HANDLE EXAMPLE {1} NOW.
(Copes with prefixes and suffixes, and handles single character elisions.)

{2} The choir's on fire in Ireland tonight.
VERSCHIP CANNOT CAN NOW [upgrade 2/1] HANDLE EXAMPLE {2}
(There are THREE words which have flexible syllable counts --
e.g., "Ireland" can be pronounced with two or three syllables, "fire" and "choir"
as one or two syllables.
VERSCHIP can currently handle a line with ONE TWO [UPGRADE 1/30/03]
flexible words.
In this example, VERSCHIP might have to try all 8 possible
combinations -- 2 to the 3rd power -- to process for iambic pentameter.

{3} The choir's canc'lling concerts. Blist'ring pans.
VERSCHIP CAN HANDLE EXAMPLE {3}.
(One flexible word [choir], and some single character elisions.)

{4} The choir's touring Ireland till June.
VERSCHIP CAN NOW HANDLE EXAMPLE {4}.
(Two flexible words [choir, Ireland])

{5} The fire burns. But no one stops the fire. 
VERSCHIP CAN NOW HANDLE EXAMPLE {5}.
(Double flexible word. The first fire is read as two syllables,
and the second with one.) VERSCHIP must be able to make 4 passes
to cover the combinations of syllable pronunciation options. It can NOW.