Editorial

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. Please contact us if you would like to propose an essay based on your work with the Archive. Check back for updates!

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...

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...

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 r...

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...

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 ...
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 sev...