I wanted to quote something like:

Happy Birthday
Had a good time
See you next year!

However, I wanted it all on one line rather than creating a block quote out of it.

I tried

Happy Birthday | Had a good time | See you next year!

I wonder if there is an established way to indicate the new lines?

  • No law yet against: Happy Birthday. Had a good time. See you next year! Doesn't indicate new lines, but so what? I owe someone the whole graphic layout? No, I don't. Sep 6, 2022 at 22:40

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The MLA standard does indeed include rules for separating lines for poetry, used when quoting 3 or fewer lines: use "/" to separate lines, or "//" to separate stanzas, see Purdue University's guide to MLA formatting. If you are quoting more than 3 lines, use a block quote.

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    And the slash is used much more widely than just in the MLA standard.
    – Colin Fine
    Sep 6, 2022 at 21:18

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