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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Is capitalism dead?

Okay, all ye BA Lits out there, a simple question just to make sure I've not been shooting myself in the foot all these years.
When you write the title of a poem, where are you supposed to put the capital letters? Reading Revival, it seems they're not too sure either. Noel King has a poem "Flowers To An Old Lady" where every word begins with a capital. However, Richard Halperin's poem is "The Lord has set her in Safety," where the nouns only are capitalised.
I have always capitalised the first word only (unless it's a proper noun) as in "The ballad of a gambling man," but are many of my submissions ending up in the bin immediately because of this? (rather than later, because they're crap)
Is there a Supreme Court ruling on this anywhere?


  1. I always wonder about this myself, but I think it's down to personal preference, or is it? Not Sure Now.

  2. You should decide where capitals go though editor may overrule you if he/she follows a particular style.

  3. Personal choice, I believe, dictates here. In other words, I have no idea!

  4. As an editor(Mwahahahahahajaaa, feck,that is so funny, I love saying it!)I put whatever the poet puts. at least I think that's what I did, because I've got a right mix in the poetry bus!

    Ps just looked atb my Revivo and it haa all the titles in capitals! WTF?