newline has no effect

I  have the following code to write a few lines to a text file. But new lines have no effect, every new line comes as a square symbol instead of forcing a newline:
import java.io.*;

class WriteTextFile2
{

public static void main ( String[] args )
{
String fileName = "reaper3.txt" ;

try
{

FileWriter writer = new FileWriter( fileName );

writer.write( "Alone she cuts and binds the grain,\n" );
writer.write( "And sings a melancholy strain;\n" );
writer.write("\n\n");
writer.write( "O listen! for the Vale profound\n" );
writer.write( "Is overflowing with the sound.\n\n" );

writer.close();
}
catch ( IOException iox )
{
System.out.println("Problem writing " + fileName );
}
}
}


Many thanks
akz
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bobbit31Commented:
don't forget carriage return char:

writer.write( "Alone she cuts and binds the grain,\r\n" );
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CEHJCommented:
Using a PrintWriter will save a) you the trouble of adding line separators and b) ensure that the right line separator for your platform is used:

import java.io.*;

class WriteTextFile2
{

public static void main ( String[] args )
{
String fileName = "reaper3.txt" ;

try
{

FileWriter writer = new FileWriter( fileName );
PrintWriter out = new PrintWriter(writer, true);

out.println( "Alone she cuts and binds the grain,");
out.println( "And sings a melancholy strain;" );
out.println();
out.println( "O listen! for the Vale profound" );
out.println( "Is overflowing with the sound." );

out.close();
}
catch ( IOException iox )
{
System.out.println("Problem writing " + fileName );
}
}
}



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