Collections

The Princeton Prosody Archive is divided into seven collections, curated by the project team. Users are able to search across collections, within a single collection, or within any combination of collections. Select a collection to view it within the Archive.

Dictionaries

82 digitized works · 1773–1921

A collection of works that provide words (usually organized alphabetically) and their definitions. Often, material pertaining to pronunciation and prosody appears in prefaces or appendices to these works.

Linguistic

2,586 digitized works · 1569–1922

A collection of grammar books as well as guides to rhetoric, composition, elocution, and speech that make little or no direct reference to versification.

Literary

2,734 digitized works · 1559–1922

A collection of versification manuals, handbooks, treatises, scholarly essays, reviews, and introductions to prosodic systems, including the Original Bibliography and more.

Music

122 digitized works · 1771–1922

A collection of works about the branch of elocution that relates to vocal performance, discussions of tone and pitch relating primarily to music, and works concerning the pronunciation of poetry in song.

Original Bibliography

731 digitized works · 1559–1922

A collection of works cited in T. V. F. Brogan’s 1981 bibliography, English Versification, 1570-1980: A Reference Guide With a Global Appendix. For more information, see “History of the Archive” under “About.”

Typographically Unique

234 digitized works · 1617–1922

A collection of works that use musical notation, invented diacritical marks, phonetic scripts, universal alphabets, and more common marks for stress (the ictus or an “x” mark).

Word Lists

228 digitized works · 1569–1922

A collection of pronunciation guides as well as rhyming dictionaries. Several important reprinted works on pronunciation (i.e. Walker) contain long rhyming dictionaries at the end.