Revisiting Choice Tags in Poetical Sketches

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By Shannon Jaime

For the past few months I’ve been tackling the 72-object Poetical Sketches, one of only two of Blake’s works printed using conventional typesetting (the other is French Revolution). Thanks to the previous work of Ali and Megan Wilson, my job as a “pre-proofer” has become much easier. The pre-proofing process involves checking the spacing and format of each object on various browsers (also known as deuglification); reviewing line notes for errors; verifying the inclusion of the original page numbers on each object (); adding more specific attributes for headers (ex. ); and, of course, adding/modifying choice tags based on our updated tag set.

Although the members of BAND have gained more experience in dealing with typographical works, we still encounter interesting problems and questions that arise on a regular basis. For example, while working on the longest section of Poetical Sketches, King Edward the Third, I began adding choice tags with the to make it easier for users to find objects with specific characters’ names. (For example, Blake uses Dagw. for Dagworth, Aud. for Audley, Queen Phil. for Queen Philippa, etc.) This is the first time we see names of dramatic characters appear in an abbreviated …read more