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George Dance George Dance 28 December 2015
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September 2015

Poetry is one of the leading poetry magazines in the United States and the world. It began in 1912, after Harriet Monroe convinced 100 Chicagoans to pledge $50 a year for five years to support a magazine. The magazine has published continuously until the present day.

Due to the ongoing extension of U.S. copyright, only the first 10 years of Poetry are in the public domain. Those were all added onto the web by Bartleby.com aa Poetry: A magazine of verse, 1912-1922. The Bartleby archive consists of an impressive 2,600 poems, many by such acknowledged masters as , Ezra Pound, Rabindranath Tagore, William Carlos Williams, Yvor Winters, and William Butler Yeats.

Our most current project, running through the summer, has been to add links to as many of…

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George Dance George Dance 6 September 2015
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May 2015

It has been 14 months since the last blog post, in March 2014. At that time, we were celebrating completion of our newest project: adding links to all the poets' articles featured on The Poetry Archive. Two weeks later, TPA changed its database, and all the URL's changed along with it, making our work next to useless. At around the same time, Poets.org, the website of the Academy of American Poets (which we had added not long before), did the same thing.

So what to do? We could have gone back and painstakingly redone those links; but that would have meant a couple of months in which no new articles were added or old ones upgraded: lost time, and no fun. Accordingly, Penny and I came up with a different plan: Since the bulk of poets with tho…

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George Dance George Dance 18 May 2015
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March 2014

The Poetry Archive is a free, web-based library formed to hold recordings of English language poets reading their own work. The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit registered charity.

The Poetry Archive was founded by recording producer Richard Carrington and poet Andrew Motion, during Motion's tenure as Poet Laureate of the United KIngdom, in 1999.Recordings of contemporary work began in 2000, and the site went live in 2005.

The archive was established as a web-based library to ensure that the oral record of modern poets is not lost, (as it has been with writers such as Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence and A.E. Housman whose voices were never recorded, despite the technology being available at the time). The resource is built on the idea that poe…

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George Dance George Dance 30 March 2014
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November / December 2013

On December 15, we did it; we finished upgrading all 500 of the PPP articles on 19th-century poets, a mammoth task that had occupied most of 2013. Now most of those articles are illustrated; have comprehensive bibliographies, linked as far as possible to the poets' actual books online; have expanded external links, to both poems and biographical information; and carry up-to-date Persondata and VIAF information.

The 19th century saw an enormous expansion in the number of poets publishing work. Because the bulk of that work is in the public domain, a tremendous amount of it is online; and now Penny's Poetry Pages links to most of it. I can say with pride that PPP is now the best source for poems by and information on the English-language poe…

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George Dance George Dance 12 January 2014
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September / October 2013

In September and October the primary project remained that of revising updating and linking the bibliographies of the 19th-century poets. WorldCat remained the best source for the first, and Internet Archive for the second; but Penny and I continue to stumble over new resources. One I particularly remember was the Edgar Allan Poe Society, whose website made it possible to update our Edgar Allan Poe article by linking all the works published in the author's lifetime; but there have been several others, all acknowledged by links in the respective articles.

In the process, I have also been adding external links, particularly poems, from sites as diverse as PoemHunter and An American Anthology 1787-1900 (no article yet, but I hope to write one s…

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