# How to Simplify Writing a Book of Poetry

I will write a Book of Poetry, written by many authors. I hope that each author will write a poem in a plain text file.

So far, I wrote a master file BookOfPoetry.tex

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\input{Poetry/FirstPoetry.txt}
\end{document}


and FirstPoetry.txt

\title{theTitle}
\author{theAuthor}
\date{theDate}
\maketitle
\begin{verbatim}
it is first line
it is second line
\end{verbatim}


How to simplify the writing of a text file with minimal formatting like this FirstPoetryRev.txt

theTitle
theAuthor
theDate

it is first line
it is second line


then the BookOfPoetry.tex will translate

• the first line as the title
• the second line as the author
• the third line as the date
• and (space)
• the fifth line and so on as the content of the poem, without writing \\ at the end of each line.
• Consider using the package 'fancyvrb' so you can control the font. Then have each author put each poem in a separate file with it formated by the author exactly as they want it to appear. – R. Schumacher Mar 11 '15 at 3:40
• the authors aren't familiar with using LaTeX. – Edy Jo Mar 11 '15 at 3:48
• They don't need to be. That's why you pipe it in verbatim. I would just preprocess the files with awk, say, to add the \title{} \author{} \date{} \maketitle and whichever environment you end up using. You can do it with LaTeX. But I don't see the point. – cfr Mar 11 '15 at 4:01
• Do you require any formatting of the content? Specifically, the title-related stuff? – Werner Mar 11 '15 at 5:14
• I've downloaded GAWK from here, and then install it. I've tried to execute the program makeitemizelist and it work. gawk -f makeitemizelist.awk FirstPoetry.txt But, the execution results displayed in the command window. How to make it as a LaTeX file? – Edy Jo Mar 11 '15 at 5:20

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fancyvrb}
\begin{document}
\renewcommand{\FancyVerbFormatLine}[1]{%
\ifcase\value{FancyVerbLine}\or
\makebox[\textwidth]{\huge#1\strut}\or
\makebox[\textwidth]{\LARGE#1\strut}\or
\makebox[\textwidth]{\Large#1}\else#1\fi}
\VerbatimInput{file}
\end{document}


\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fancyvrb}
\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\renewcommand{\FancyVerbFormatLine}[1]{%
\ifcase\value{FancyVerbLine}\or
\makebox[\textwidth]{\xdef\mttitle{#1}\huge#1\strut}\or

• In my case, it is necessary to add file extension. \VerbatimInput{FirstPoetry.txt} \newpage \VerbatimInput{SecondPoetry.txt} etc. – Edy Jo Mar 11 '15 at 20:02