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Tags for Marking Drama

Guidelines for SGML Text Mark-up at the Electronic Text Center
David Seaman, Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia
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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>
  • <sp>
    A speech within a poem or play. The "speaker" (<speaker>) tag falls inside the <sp> </sp> pair.
    <sp>
    <speaker>Hamlet</speaker>
    <l>To be or not to be ....</l> </sp>
  • <speaker>
    The person responsible for the speech.
    <speaker>Hamlet</speaker>
  • <stage>
    Stage directions
    <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">
    [section omitted]
    <sp>
    <speaker>Lady</speaker>
    <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>
    </sp>

    <sp>
    <speaker>Comus</speaker>
    <l n="277"> What chance good Lady hath bereft you thus?</l>
    </sp>
    </div1>


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