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A Hypertext Resource for Literature

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Online Poetry Highlights

On this gratuitous and self-indulgent page, I set forth a handful of sites that set my poetic heart a-thumpin' for one reason or another. Some of them are mentioned among the other lists of links, and some are not.

  • The William Blake Archive. If you haven't already seen the Blake Archive, try a little exercise with me. Think about how well Blake's work lends itself to the Web. Then think about everything you would want an ideal Blake site to have. Now click to the Blake archive and discover a place beyond your wildest Blakean dreams.

  • The Blake Archive is just one of the projects of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, a research unit of my alma mater, the University of Virginia. IATH poetry projects also include archives of the work of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Melville, Dante, Piers Plowman and Thomas MacGreevy. The IATH demonstrates what can happen when smart people, a great university, and a heap of corporate and foundation cash meet in one place. It's brilliant.

  • The English Renaissance in Context from the University of Pennsylvania, has a wealth of scanned primary texts, useful technological gizmos for collating texts, and tutorials that allow students to work with the site's materials at their own pace.

  • The Electronic Editions page in Romantic Circles shows off some of the quirky wonders of Romantic Circles, which is the best general Romanticism site on the Internet and perhaps the best single site devoted to any literary period. To click it is to love it.

  • The Greek and Roman materials of The Perseus Digital Library display a remarkable number of texts, often in the original language and in one or more translations with abundant supporting materials.

  • The webcasts page from the Kelly Writers House at Penn has extended video and audio recordings of many contemporary writers, including a number of prominent poets. Set aside some serious time to make your way through this page. It will be worth it.

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