Abstract

Fuller, "Modernizing Blake's Text: Syntax, Rhythm, Rhetoric"

This essay discusses the various difficulties of all methods of presenting Blake's text arguing that all forms, including facsimile and apparently purist letterpress, involve characteristic misrepresentations. It then argues the positive value of modernizing punctuation. Helping the reader to understand Blake's syntax releases attention to other expressive aspects of poetic form, particularly rhythm and the quasi-musical structures of Blake's rhetoric.. This essay appears in _Editing and Reading Blake_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.