Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive

 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 (bibliography, chronology, gallery, etc.) for your further engagement with the field.

Coming soon

ECPA is currently released in beta and is being constantly updated (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: late eighteenth-century authors, including Mary Matilda Betham, Thomas Campbell, Matthew Gregory Lewis, Mary Tighe);
  • implementing a number of original and adapted visualizations in our visualization view (2018-ongoing);
  • exploring formal ontological modelling techniques, using domain ontologies such as CIDOC-CRM and POSTDATA, in our knowledge modelling view (prototype expected by end of beta).

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