Helene Potier wrote: we could call it "Homage to the 10 Noodley Appendages of Our Lord, being the Holy Image in Which He Created All Things" or something really annoying and long like that, because thats how they used to title things back in oldey-timey times. it gives our poem a false authenticity.
Yeah.. i like the idea...
"Homage to the 10 Noodley Appendages of our Lord, being the Transcendental and Sanctified Archetypes according to which He created all Things as Earthly Simulacrums in his most Holy and Blessed Divine Image"
I think it was the Custom (not very slavishly followed!) to capitalize only Nouns and Adjectives in titles at the Time...
E.g: Robinson Crusoe was published on April 25, 1719.... Its full title was
"The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner:
Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself.
With an Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates. Written by Himself"
This custom has been standardised in the case of titles (of Films, songs, Books, etc) with the capitalising of the first word and all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs, but generally not articles, conjunctions and short prepositions.
The Capitalisation of Nouns (closest modern parallel, German) faded away between the Middle and End of the Eighteenth Century. The Reason was primarily aesthetic, as Writers and Printers moved away from Heavy Typography towards a more Italianate Model. There were also Economic Advantages, since it generally made Typesetting easier.
As regards typeface and fonts:
The heaviest Styles of Typography are usually associated with low-status or popular Publications -- the Equivalent of today's Tabloids, with their shouty sans-serif Headlines. By Contrast, high-status Writers (and their Printers) tended to favour lighter Typographical Stiles, especially going into the Augustan Age. (Alexander Pope is a good Example. He 'lightened' the Typography of his Books over the Course of his Career, particularly in Editions meant for Persons of Quality.)