Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive

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 Digital Prize Winner 2018

The Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive — ECPA — is a peer-reviewed, award-winning digital archive and research project devoted to the poetry of the long eighteenth century. ECPA builds on the electronic texts created by the Text Creation Partnership from Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).

Key features

  • browse authors by names, dates of birth, or gender;
  • browse works ( text versions) by titles, first lines, themes, or genres;
  • view high-quality digital facsimiles of select source editions of the texts used by ECPA;
  • use the built-in digital tools to augment the close reading process of individual poems;
  • contribute and share textual notes and glosses, readings and interpretations, observations and suggestions, via easy-to-use forms (just click on any line or word);
  • use the collaborative potential in the classroom to increase student engagement with the texts;
  • consult the resources (chronology, gallery, bibliography, etc.) for your further engagement with the field.

Coming soon

ECPA is currently released in beta and is being constantly updated (expected end of beta is May 2019). Follow ECPA on Twitter to be kept informed of developments. Upcoming updates include:

  • increasing the number of authors and works represented (currently in preparation: Charlotte Lennox, Ambrose Philips, John Gay);
  • Phonemia and Poem Viewer, our first two visualizations, which will become available in our next update (Sep. 2018);
  • implementing and testing a number of adapted and original visualizations in our visualization view (2018-ongoing);
  • exploring ontological modelling techniques for poetry analysis in our modelling view (expected 2019).

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