Paragraphs and prose components

div p list quote

Paragraphs in prose are such a general feature that they seem almost self-evident both to recognize and encode. They are encoded with the TEI element p and in most modern texts their boundaries are uncontroversially identifiable. A few points are worth observing, however:

The p element may also be used in other contexts: within an item in a list or within a quotation to indicate internal paragraphing or to specify genre. For instance, in a list whose items each contain several paragraphs, p would be used for the internal paragraphing of each item. Similarly, in a multi-paragraph quotation, p would be used to mark the internal paragraphing. While not strictly necessary, using p within quote inside an epigraph will make clear that the quotation is of prose rather than of verse or some other genre; see Example 3.


Example 1.

<p>About the time in which the patent of Massachusetts received 
the royal confirmation, Captain John Endicot, with one hundred persons, 
was sent over by the patentees, to prepare the way for the settlement 
of a permanent colony in that part of
<pb n="28"/>
<milestone unit="sig" n="D2v"/>

Example 2.

<p rend="first-indent(1)">And sure, I shall not need many words 
to persuade you to close with this Proposal. The very offer is a 
sufficient inducement; nor does it need the set-off’s of Rhetorick to 
recommend it, were I capable, which yet I am not, of applying them with 
the greatest force. Since you cannot be so unkind to your selves, as to 
refuse your real Interest; I only entreat you to be so wise as to examine
wherein it consists; for nothing is of worser consequence than to be 
deceiv’d in a matter of so great concern.</p>

Example 3.

<div type="poem">
<quote><p>You cannot eat your cake and have it too.</p></quote>
<lg type="poem.sonnet">
<l>How fevered is the man, who cannot look</l>