Essays from the project team, lesson plans, and news about how scholars and teachers are using the Princeton Prosody Archive in their research and teaching. Unless otherwise noted, all posts were edited and proofread by General Editor Mary Naydan. Please contact us if you would like to propose an essay based on your work with the Archive. Check back for updates!

Paratextual Prosodies of the Eighteenth Century
Andrew Tye ('21) / January 3, 2021

How can tables of contents help us understand what "prosody" meant to a variety of disciplines in the 18th century? Undergraduate researcher Andrew Tye ('21) uses this method to survey 18th-century materials in the Archive.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Twitter’s Unexpected Locus of Lay Prosody
Margaret King ('22) / January 3, 2021

What do Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and historical prosody have in common? As it turns out, a lot. Undergraduate researcher Margaret King ('22) tours the Twitterverse, with a response written by Prof. Meredith Martin.

Visualizing the Collections
Rebecca Sutton Koeser / January 17, 2020

What is the best way to visualize the relative size and overlap of the seven Princeton Prosody Archive collections? My quest through Venn diagrams, zoomable treemaps, and UpSet plots led me to an experimental alternative.

Designing the PPA User Interface & Interactions
Gissoo Doroudian / May 24, 2019

Design highlights of PPA in the scope of my contributions: color, including multiple logo variations; interactivity; typefaces; and content organization and hierarchy.

Deduplicating the Archive
Meagan Wilson, Mary Naydan / March 26, 2019

From 2015 to 2017, the PPA refined its core collection by eliminating 3,729 duplicate works. These duplications were the result of our initial file transfer from HathiTrust, a partnership of academic and research institutions offering a collection o…

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Pathways through the PPA
Meredith Martin / March 17, 2019

Teaching my students how to read Victorian poetry is a challenge in itself. Now add teaching them how to read how Victorians read Victorian poetry. What’s more, there’s the challenge of teaching them how to read how the information about Victorian p…

After lives; or, the true history of Samuel Johnson in a digital archive
Colette Johnson / March 14, 2019

When the Princeton Prosody Archive received its original data from the HathiTrust Digital Library, this data included over three hundred entries attributed to Samuel Johnson. Such a high volume of entries (not to mention the peculiar breadth and ran…

In the Classroom: A PPA-based Writing Assignment
Sean Pryor, Meredith Martin / March 11, 2019

In November 2017 and March 2018, Professor Sean Pryor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia assigned his students in ARTS2033 a writing task using the Princeton Prosody Archive. Pryor and his colleague Ben Etheringon at Western S…

How to Teach Prosody
Meredith Martin / March 6, 2019

An introduction to versification that melds the classic and the contemporary. Reprinted and adapted from The Pocket Instructor: 101 Exercises for the College Classroom (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2016).

  • Genre: poetry
  • Course Level: introductory
  • Student Di…
Coventry Patmore and the Problem of Excerpts
Meredith Martin / March 5, 2019

In 1857 the North British Review published a seminal essay by Coventry Patmore, ultimately titled English Metrical Law, that influenced poets and metrical theorists from Gerard Manley Hopkins to Robert Bridges to T. S. Omond to Yvor Winters to sever…