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1 reply Latest Post - ‏2003-10-10T20:31:50Z by SystemAdmin
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Pinned topic Poetics annotations

‏2003-10-10T20:20:48Z |
A reader contributed this comment to the feedback area:

Not sure whether individual words are the most important things in e.g
poetics. Lit-crits have argued for years, even suggesting that relations
are important---opposition and comparison of meanings---whereas any given
meaning is utterly irrelevant. Would this mark-up dare to extend to e.g.
<metaphor> or <synecdoche> tags, demonstrating relationships between words?
:) At what semantic level does TEI back off, or should it back off? Just
telling us when a line is metrically incomplete? Or telling us when a line
echoes symbolism from a previous verse?"
Updated on 2003-10-10T20:31:50Z at 2003-10-10T20:31:50Z by SystemAdmin
  • SystemAdmin
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    Re: Poetics annotations

    ‏2003-10-10T20:31:50Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    I wanted to post the comment separately, since I think it is very interesting--certainly I am interested in other readers' experience... particularly from literary criticism.

    Oh... my attempt to post the prior note failed to escape some brackets: the "e.g." referred to <metaphor> and <synecdoche> tags.

    Although I wrote the article, there is much more I do not know about TEI than I know. But it looks to me like TEI provides some decent framework for semantic or analytic annotations. I think the <note> tag is the relevant one, see Using the 'target' or 'targetEnd' attributes can specify a span thought to have a particular semantic value. Moreover, the 'resp' (responsibility) attribute can annotate WHO thinks a given thing is a metaphor--precisely the sort of thing literary critics argue about :-).

    There doesn't seem to be any prior categorization of tropes that might be so annotated. But within a given project or institution, the 'type' attribute of a note seems easily utilizable for such a schematization. Presumably, you could have multiple commentators add their own annotations (perhaps conflicting) about the tropes utilized in given passages. XPATH or other techniques would work for searching for every, e.g. 'type=metaphor' annotation.