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Why Capitalize the First Letter of Every Line in Poetry? (2 Viewers)

Pamelyn Casto

WF Veterans
I like to capitalize each line of a poem most often when I've written an acrostic. I like to capitalize so the editor or reader will quick get an idea of what I'm doing with the poem and can quickly relate it to the other poem or name I'm "acrostic-ing."

I can't figure out how to change my default and do get irritated when I'm typing along and the autocorrect changes my lower case letters to capital letters. Right now I'm trying to polish several poems I want to send to a market and have to fight with my autocorrect on some of the capitalization. The changing back to what I want often breaks my flow of thoughts. (It's a good thing no one can hear what I say to my autocorrect when it makes a change I didn't want. .:-D)

No doubt E.E. Cummings would have been quite irritated with autocorrect too.
 

Phil Istine

WF Veterans
I like to capitalize each line of a poem most often when I've written an acrostic. I like to capitalize so the editor or reader will quick get an idea of what I'm doing with the poem and can quickly relate it to the other poem or name I'm "acrostic-ing."

I can't figure out how to change my default and do get irritated when I'm typing along and the autocorrect changes my lower case letters to capital letters. Right now I'm trying to polish several poems I want to send to a market and have to fight with my autocorrect on some of the capitalization. The changing back to what I want often breaks my flow of thoughts. (It's a good thing no one can hear what I say to my autocorrect when it makes a change I didn't want. .:-D)

No doubt E.E. Cummings would have been quite irritated with autocorrect too.
It's a while since this was posted but I'll chime in anyway.
For those who are ticked off that their word processor defaults to upper case after a forced line break, try holding down the shift key when pressing enter/return. That should tell it that you aren't starting a new paragraph.
 

Pamelyn Casto

WF Veterans
Much appreciated, Phil Istine. I find that so annoying to have the default set to capitalize when I'm working with my poems. It will take some getting used to but your suggestion is a definite improvement! Thanks for the chime in!
 

Phil Istine

WF Veterans
Much appreciated, Phil Istine. I find that so annoying to have the default set to capitalize when I'm working with my poems. It will take some getting used to but your suggestion is a definite improvement! Thanks for the chime in!
Additionally, if wanting to force a new page (possibly to prevent a stanza being broken up), hold down CTRL when pressing enter/return
 

Lawless

Senior Member
but what I don't understand is why in 2020 we are still capitalizing the first letter of EVERY line regardless of intent. I feel it is a distraction and interrupts the flow.
Neither do I. Whenever I have to translate poetry, I use the uppercase and lowercase grammatically and leave it to the editor to change it or not. ;-)
 

Foxee

Patron
Patron
I had no idea that there was overtalking about this. My initial assumption was that capitalizing each line might be about reluctance to wage constant battle with software settings. As an uneducated dabbler in poetry (I know, I know, I should get educated) I was pleased to see this thought come up in the thread.
 

clark

Met3 Member
Staff member
Chief Mentor
For the modern poet, there are no rules. And you can "write for yourself"--which is illogical, because how would I know you only 'wrote for yourself' unless I'd read a poem of yours which you wrote only for you? But somehow for me. ???? And Arrow I'll defend To The Death your or any other poet's right to write any damn way you want, but I get to express my opinion too, as I know you agree. I find your arguments unconvincing. Capping the first letter of every line is archaic and amateurish. It's like opting for mechanical old manual wind-up car windows rather than pushbutton windows. I don't get it at all, and like Darren, I find the practice so annoying and distracting . . .I just don't wanna read that poem at all. But you do, and that's ok. No one has the right to push you around.
 

VRanger

Staff member
Administrator
Good grief! A dozen posts on this tired old saw! Must be a slowwwwww day at the office. Would anyone care to count the individual panels in a roll of toilet paper? But we're poets, dammit! . . .we can do anything we want. I think I'll start a post re-introducing "zounds!" and "forsooth!" as expletives . . . .
I'll see your "zounds!" and raise you two "forsooth!s" ...
 
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