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HD-229002-15

University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9055)
Miriah Meyer (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)
Katharine Coles (Co Project Director: 03/23/2015 to present)

Poemage Prototype

Development of a working prototype of a visualization tool that demonstrates the sound patterns and relationships in poetry, including and extending beyond rhyme.

During 2013-14, our group developed the algorithm for a computational framework for interpreting sound in poetry, which allows us to detect sonic patterns and relationships in poetry. We can define these patterns algebraically and so describe them computationally through rules supported by a data abstraction. Using an NEH start-up grant to pay a postdoctoral fellow in English and a graduate student in Computer Science, we will use an innovative interactive design process to develop a prototype visualization tool, Poemage. Because our framework allows us to identify and visualize complex configurations and dynamics of sound, including but not limited to rhyme, in real time, Poemage will allow users to detect these dynamics in poems of their choosing, while inviting them to identify (and adjust for) what they deem interesting.

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Project fields:
English; Languages, General; Literature, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2016