I recently had reason to include some verse in a page I was working on. Markup and styles for modern browsers were a breeze. IE was a royal PITA. I wanted to center the verse, but IE just wouldn't cooperate. My methods degraded gracefully, leaving IE typographically OK, but not centered.
Fortunately, Richard Rutter has been writing a series of articles over the last few years, bringing typographic style to the web page. I stol^H^H^H^H borrowed heavily from Rich to solve my issue with IE.
I'd recommend anyone who cares about typography read the series. In the meantime, I wrote my version of the verse solution and put it on my site. Your comments will help to avoid my misguiding anyone.