Capiltalisation of "and" as the first word in a title after an ellipsis
I am part of an art collective, and we decided to name one of our recent projects "... And It All Ends Here". Though I know this title as a sentence is not grammatically correct, we felt that it was ok to take artistic license with it for our purposes. My question is about the capitalisation of the word "and" at the beginning. I was always taught that the first word of a title is ALWAYS capitalised, however some people have told me that it should not be capitalised because it is after an ellipsis (specifically because it is the word "and"). Could anyone help out with this? I can't seem to find anything about this anywhere.
Thank you in advance!
In the middle of a sentence, you would not capitalize and when it follows an elipsis. Of course, if it was formal writing, you wouldn't be using an elipsis in the first place. You aren't talking about the grammar rules of a sentence here. This is a title of art. By all means, you should be able to take artistic license with anything. Just like Mick Jagger, you "can't get no satisfaction" if you don't.
The general rules for titles include always capitalizing the first word and not capitalizing small words such as and. The general rules for titles probably don't include any mention of an elipsis.
My two cents as a grammar geek who also loves art:
Starting the title with an elipsis and the word "and" tells the reader or viewer of the art that something came before this collection. Both the elipsis and the word "and" are used in the title for a reason. Just as a picture paints a thousand words, a word & punctuation can create a different understanding. If they weren't important to the title, you would just call it "It All Ends Here."
It is always okay to take artistic or poetic license for art and poetry.
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