As I explained in my post last week, I’ve been working on a transcription of Object 13 of The Four Zoas. After my revelation at DHSI, I decided to try encoding two basic transcriptions of the object in order to see how viewing it as an object or as a text changed my results – just as an experiment.
As you can see, Object 13 contains a few lines of text in the right-hand margin of the page. In addition to being written vertically, there is a line connecting this verse to the text that appears in the central part of the page. According to Blake Archive conventions, we would ignore any instructional content that this line might suggest and both encode and display the text on the right separately from the main body. I started out by taking this approach. Using to differentiate between the two, I transcribed first the body text and then the lines written in the right-hand margin. This is the final stanza of the body text, the catchword, and the marginal writing:
N.B. Since the course I took at DHSI was an introduction to TEI, this is not our usual Blake Archive schema. It …read more