Tags for Marking Drama
David Seaman, Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia
These tags are in addition to the general markup tags described in the Practical Introduction to the Tag Set
- <lg>, <l>
Dramatic verse uses the same<l> and <lg> tags as verse.
<l>To be or not to be ....</l>
A speech within a poem or play. The "speaker" (<speaker>) tag falls inside the <sp> </sp> pair.
<l>To be or not to be ....</l> </sp>
The person responsible for the speech.
<stage>Exit, pursued by a bear.</stage>
Examples of Encoded Drama
A Longer Example
For a longer and more substantial example, see King Lear.
A Short Example
Sample tagged drama from Milton's Comus
<div1 type="scene" n="1">
<l n="271">Nay gentle Shepherd ill is lost that praise</l>
<l n="272">That is addrest to unattending Ears,</l>
<l n="273">Not any boast of skill, but extreme shift</l>
<l n="274">How to regain my sever'd company</l>
<l n="275">Compell'd me to awake the courteous Echo</l>
<l n="276">To give me answer from her mossie Couch.</l>
<l n="277"> What chance good Lady hath bereft you thus?</l>
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