Should You Capitalize?


Unless you are e. e. cummings, the odds are quite good that you usually use capital letters for many things in your writing, but my question is how do you feel about the first letter of each line in a poem? Dropping the first letter to lowercase makes it feel to me as if you are simply talking as you would in a paragraph, and especially if you are rhyming (which as you know I normally avoid like the plague) hopefully keeps your readers from reading each line on its own, as if it had no grammatical connection the line that came before or the one after.

That is all well and good, but has anybody explained this to Microsoft Word? If you donโ€™t want every line after a return to start with a capital, you have to go into some toolbar menu and unclick the default. And of course, with each new (usually worse, less convenient) version of Word, the Byzantine lengths to which you must go to achieve this get more annoying. For this reason, among others, I have been being lazy, and capitalizing.


6 comments on “Should You Capitalize?

  1. Capitalization means order. As an anal retentive person, I support it.

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  2. Widdershins says:

    Oh dear … have you tried any other writing software? I use Scrivener, but I don’t know if’s any easier to de-capitalise than Word.

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  3. PJS says:

    My version of Word for Mac (14.5.0) does not capitalize every new line after a return. I’m sure that I didn’t set it this way, so it must be the default setting.

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  4. Kat Myrman says:

    i fight the conventions of micromanaging text apps with a vengeance. sometimes no caps is best, thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Kat Myrman says:

    i would add that entering one’s text in the html tab of wordpress does not default to auto caps. but also turns other auto functions off as well. pick your poison. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. It’s rather convenient for a writer though I can see how it might be annoying to a poet. *sigh*

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