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# Time for action – using line breaks

We will type the beginning of a famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe. As the author has specified where a verse has to end, we shall insert line breaks there.

1. Create a document containing these lines:
\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\emph{Annabel Lee}\\
It was many and many a year ago,\\
In a kingdom by the sea,\\
That a maiden there lived whom you may know\\
By the name of Annabel Lee
\end{document}
2. Typeset and view the output:

## What just happened?

The very short command \\ ended a line; the following text was put to the next line. That's different to a paragraph break: we're still in the same paragraph. The command ...

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