How are the "songs" or "verses" (or indented sections) to be read in this Thai epic?


Is it read "left right left right", or "left left left left, right right right right", for each numbered verse?

For example, there are two verses here:

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Do you read, for each "verse block", read the left chunk top-to-bottom first, then the right chunk (4 lines each in the first verse above), or do you read left/right/left/right moving like an English text?

Same with this one:

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  • Is this not clearly answered by Wikipedia, which says that the poem contains sections in the โคลง (khlong) form, in which each บาท (line) has two วรรค (half-lines). Commented May 5, 2020 at 7:38
  • No it doesn't, where did you find that?
    – Lance
    Commented May 5, 2020 at 11:16
  • It seems to say what you are saying here.
    – Lance
    Commented May 5, 2020 at 11:21
  • Yes, that's where I got it from. Commented May 5, 2020 at 12:32


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